Greek and Latin
"bearer of Christ"

Christopher Origin and Meaning

The name Christopher is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "bearer of Christ".

Christopher derived from the Greek Christophoros, which is composed of the elements Christos, referring to Christ, and phero, meaning "to bear."

The name was originally used figuratively, to represent the bearing of Christ in one’s heart. Later it became used to honor Saint Christopher, a third century martyr who became the protective saint of travelers, reflecting the legend of Christopher being the giant who carried the Christ Child over a river.

Christopher is an evergreen classic that dropped from Top 25 status in 2013, in spite of its appealingly strong, sincere, straightforward image, combined with a softer, more modern sound than, say, Robert or Richard.

The name appeals to a wide range of parents, and has been chosen by several celebrities, including Sean "Diddy" Combs.

The almost ubiquitous American nickname is Chris, but a more recent one is Topher, and there are British variations that might add a more individual spin to the name—Kit, Kip and Christy. Two Christophers known to every schoolchild: Christopher Columbus and Christopher Robin.

# 55 in the US

Christopher Rank in US Top 1000

# 171 on Nameberry

Christopher Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Christopher Popularity

Famous People Named Christopher

  • Christopher MasonAmerican model
  • Christopher ColumbusItalian explorer
  • Christopher PlummerCanadian actor
  • Christopher EcclestonEnglish actor
  • Christopher MarloweEnglish dramatist
  • Christopher NolanBritish film director and producer
  • Christopher LeeEnglish actor
  • Christopher Paul "Chris" ColferAmerican actor and singer
  • Christopher Robert "Chris" EvansAmerican actor
  • Christopher D'Olier ReeveAmerican actor
  • Christopher Allen LloydAmerican actor
  • Christopher HitchensEnglish,American author/journalist
  • Christopher WalkenAmerican actor
  • Christopher Peter MeroniAmerican actor
  • Christopher Kennedy MastersonAmerican actor
  • Christopher Whitelaw "Chris" PineAmerican actor
  • Christopher Michael "Chris" PrattAmerican actor
  • Christopher John "Topher" GraceAmerican actor
  • Christopher HadenGuest, British American actor/the 5th Baron Haden,Guest
  • Christopher David "Chris" NothAmerican actor
  • Christopher Shannon "Chris" PennAmerican actor
  • Christopher "Chris" TuckerAmerican actor
  • Christopher Julius "Chris" Rock IIIAmerican actor
  • Christopher Crosby "Chris" FarleyAmerican actor
  • Christopher W. "Chris" CooperAmerican actor
  • Christopher MooreAmerican author
  • Christopher Joseph "Chris" IsaakAmerican musician
  • Christopher Taylor BuckleyCanadian American satirist and political speechwriter
  • Christopher Anthony John "Chris" MartinBritish musician
  • Christopher "Chris" O'DowdIrish actor & comedian
  • Christopher Robin Milneson of the Winnie,the,Pooh author
  • Christopher KellyCanadian NHL Hockey player
  • (Christopher) Ashton KutcherAmerican actor
  • Christopher Maurice "Chris" BrownAmerican singer
  • Christopher Jordan GravesAmerican actor; twin brother Kevin Graves
  • Christopher "Chris" TomlinAmerican contemporary Christian singer,songwriter
  • Christopher Charles MintzPlasse, American actor
  • Christopher Eugene "Chris" O'DonnellAmerican actor
  • Christopher CrossAmerican musician
  • Christopher "Chris" BrooksAmerican artistic gymnast
  • Christopher Adam "Chris" DaughtryAmerican musician
  • Christopher Anton "Chris" KnightAmerican actor
  • Christopher James PaoliniAmerican author
  • Warren Minor ChristopherAmerican lawyer, diplomat and politician
  • Christopher Pikepseudonym of American young adult thriller novelist Kevin Christopher McFadden
  • Christopher Michael Wrenarchitect who designed St Paul's Cathedral, London
  • Christopher "Chris" StarkBritish radio personality
  • Christopher James "Chris" KendallBritish vlogger
  • Christopher BurtonAustralian horse rider
  • Christopher "Kit" Carlton Cumberbatch (b. 2015)oldest son of actor Benedict Cumberbatch and director Sophie Hunter
  • Christopher Neal JacksonAmerican actor, singer, musician, and composer
  • Christopher Anne "Chris" Affleck (nee Boldt)mother of actors Ben and Casey Affleck.
  • Christopher "Chris" Sean LoweEnglish musician, singer, and songwriter
  • Christopher Catesby "Kit" HaringtonEnglish actor
  • Christopher Wolfgang Georg August SchindlerGerman professional footballer
  • Christopher "Chris" Lloyd SmallingEnglish professional footballer
  • Christopher Mark "Chris" WhelpdaleEnglish professional footballer
  • Christopher Thomas "Chris" HemsworthAustralian actor
  • Christopher Meyer(b. 1985), 10,year,old American boy mutilated and stabbed to death in 1995

Christopher in Pop Culture

  • Christophermain character in short story "My Girlfriend, the Giantess" by author Tina Tirrell
  • Christopher Boonecharacter in book/play"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night,time"
  • Christopher Moltisanticharacter on TV's "The Sopranos"
  • Christopher Ewingcharacter on TV's "Dallas"
  • Christopher Foylemain character on TV's "Foyle's War"
  • Christopher Herrmanncharacter on TV's "Chicago Fire"
  • Christopher Robin in "Winnie the Pooh"
  • Christopher Turkcharacter on TV's "Scrubs"
  • Christopher Tietjenscharacter in "Parade's End" book and TV series
  • Christopher "Kit" Walker aka The Phantomcomic book character
  • Christopher "Chris" Nord: Agent Zerocharacter in Marvel Comics
  • Christopher "Chris" Perry Halliwellson of Piper and Leo on TV's "Charmed"
  • Christopher "Chris" Michael Taubcharacter on TV's "House M.D."
  • Christopherangel in Gabriel's Angel by Mark A Radcliffe
  • Christopher Lasallecharacter from TV series "NCIS"
  • Christopher "Chris" Dollangangercharacter in the book series by V.C. Andrews
  • Christopher Robin Pikesecond captain of the Enterprise in the Star Trek series
  • Christopher MacLarencharacter on TV's "Orange is the New Black"
  • Christopher Crowquillcharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Christopher "Chris"character in video game "Until Dawn"
  • Christopher Castillocharacter on "How to Get Away with Murder"
  • Christopher "The Blond" Castillocharacter in DC Universe
  • Christopher Cross "Chris" Griffincharacter on TV's "Family Guy"
  • Christopher "Kit" Jonathan Herondalecharacter in Cassandra Clare's "The Dark Artifices" series
  • Christopher Lightwoodcharacter in Cassandra Clare’s “The Last Hours” series
  • Colonel Christopher Brandoncharacter in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility
  • * from 1967 to 1990Christopher was also in the Top 1000 names for girls

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