Greek or English from Latin
"anointed one or follower of Christ"

Christian Origin and Meaning

The name Christian is a boy's name of English, Greek, Latin origin meaning "anointed one or follower of Christ".

The name Christian has fallen a bit from its 90's and 00's heights, but it's still quite popular. Once considered overly pious, Christian is now seen as making a bold statement of faith by some, while also having secular appeal for others, perhaps influenced by such celebrities as Christian Slater and Christian Bale, not to mention the fashion world's Dior, Lacroix, Louboutin and Audigier.

In the Middle Ages, Christian was a female name, but turned male with the introduction of the hero of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress.

Today, there's a whole new genre of Christian names that go far beyond Christian to telegraph faith and a religion-based style, with names such as Saint, Zion, and Shiloh prime examples.

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Christian Rank in US Top 1000

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Christian Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Christian Popularity

Famous People Named Christian

  • Christian IIX, Kings of Denmark
  • Christian X (Christian Carl Frederik Albert Alexander Vilhelm)King of Denmark
  • Christian KernChancellor of Austria
  • Christian Jackson McCaffreyprofessional football player (running back) for the Carolina Panthers, son of former Denver Broncos player Ed McCaffrey
  • Christian Michael Leonard SlaterAmerican actor
  • Christian Charles Philip BaleBritish actor
  • Christian Dominique BorleAmerican actor
  • Christian DiorFrench fashion designer
  • Christian KaneAmerican actor and singer,songwriter
  • Christian Marie Marc LacroixFrench fashion designer
  • Christian LouboutinFrench footwear designer
  • Christian Yelichprofessional baseball player in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization and 2018 NL MVP
  • Christian CousinsAmerican actor; twin of brother Joseph Cousins
  • Christian CamargoAmerican actor, producer, and director
  • Christian Michael EcksteinAmerican child actor
  • Christian Joseph StolteAmerican actor
  • Christian Andrew PonderAmerican NFL quarterback
  • (Frederick) Christian Charles Augustus of SchleswigHolstein, Prince of Denmark; wife Princess Helena; son,in,law of Queen Victoria
  • Christian Victor Albert Louis Ernst AntonPrince of Schleswig,Holstein; grandson of Queen Victoria
  • ChristianSigismund, Prince of Prussia
  • Christian Oskar Ernst August Wilhelm Viktor Georg HeinrichPrince of Hanover; Duke of Brunswick,Lüneburg
  • Christian Friedrich Wilhelm Georg Peter WaldemarPrince of Hanover
  • ChristianPrince of Schaumburg,Lippe
  • Christian Ludwig Friedrich Adolf Alexis Wilhelm FerdinandPrince of Hesse,Philippsthal,Barchfeld, German naval officer
  • Christian Devi Brando (b. 1958)son of actors Marlon Brando and Anna Kashfi
  • Christian Aaron "Ari" Päffgen (b. 1962)son of singer Nico and actor Alain Delon
  • Christian Gibsonson of American actor Mel Gibson
  • Christian Patrick Culkinbrother of American actor Macaulay Culkin
  • Christian Moore; English film producer; son of actor Roger Moore
  • Christian Scheiderson of actors Roy Scheider and Brenda King
  • (Peter) Christian Ulvaeus (b. 1978)son of singers Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog of ABBA
  • Christian DuValson of singer Michael Nesmith of The Monkees
  • Christian Loveson of singer Mike Love of The Beach Boys
  • Christian Heinrich Clemens Paul Frank Peter Welf WilhelmErnst Friedrich Franz (b. 1985), Prince of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg, son of Prince Ernst August
  • Christian Murphy (b. 1990)son of actor Eddie Murphy
  • Christian Combs (b. 1998)son of rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs
  • Christian Cunninghamlate son of NFL player Randall Cunningham
  • Christian James Martin (b. 2001)son of actress Lauralee Bell and Scott Martin
  • Christian Muster (b. 2001)son of TV presenter Jo Beth Taylor and tennis player Thomas Muster
  • Christian Charles Sampras (b. 2002)son of tennis player Pete Sampras and beauty queen Bridgette Wilson
  • Christian Valdemar Henri John (b. 2005)Prince of Denmark
  • Christian AparicioJr. (b. 2014), son of actress Michelle Vieth and Christian Aparicio
  • Christian Scott MacIntyre (b. 2016)son of singer Scott MacIntyre of "American Idol"
  • Cody ChristianAmerican actor
  • Christian Audigier (born Christian Ginutti)French fashion designer known for the Ed Hardy and Von Dutch clothing lines
  • Christian AtsuGhanaian footballer
  • Christian BentekeBelgian professional footballer
  • Christian NoboaEcuadorian footballer
  • Christian Mate PulisicAmerican soccer player
  • Christian LagadecFrench actor
  • Christian Julien RobinFrench author, epigraphist, archeologist and orientalist French specialist in pre,Islamic Arabia
  • Christian Coma "CC"drummer for American heavy rock band 'Black Veil Brides'
  • Christian Zucconivocalist and guitarist for American band Grouplove

Christian in Pop Culture

  • Christian Greymain character from the "50 Shades of Grey" novels
  • Christian Wolffmain character in 2016 film "The Accountant"
  • Christian Reedcharacter on the TV show "Dance Academy"
  • Christian Shephardcharcter on TV show "Lost"
  • Christiancharacter from "Moulin Rouge"
  • Christian Troymain character from TV show "Nip/Tuck"
  • Christian "Combo" Ortegacharacter from "Breaking Bad"
  • Christian Ozeracharacter from Richelle Mead's "Vampire Academy" series
  • Christian Frostolder brother of Marvel's Emma Frost
  • Christianfemale character in "The Cincinnati Kid"
  • Christian Alessicharacter on TV's "Alex & Co."
  • Christian Walker aka Diamondmain character in the "Powers" comics
  • Christian Stovitzcharacter in the 1995 movie "Clueless"

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