Gender: Male Meaning of Christopher: "bearer of Christ" Origin of Christopher: Greek and Latin Christopher's Popularity in 2019: #44

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.

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Rank in US: #44

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Eirini170 Says:


Christopher is one of the best male names... My little cousin's name is Christopher and it suits him so good

ChrissGF Says:


My boyfriend’s name is Chris. I call him Jonathan.

Vickster Says:


Don't see why so many seem to dislike Chris as a nickname. I personally love it along with Kit.

GenEric Says:


I like the name, I just hate the cheapened nickname Chris.

cosettes Says:


I hate the nickname "Chris" but recently became aware of the nickname "Kit," which makes me like this name a LOT more.

Daiseymae Says:


I don't care how popular the name is, because Christopher is one of best names for males.

Daiseymae Says:


Alaina is one of my favorite names. What is wrong with Chris?

Alaina Says:


Christopher is a very cute,handsome, and friendly name. But when they get older, They should nn them Chris.

stella2007 Says:


I recently started liking it again because of handsome actor Chris Hemsworth.

paulapuddephatt Says:


This name was mega popular for so long. I like it, but whenever I hear of people wanting to use Christopher, but avoid the nickname Chris...Well, good luck, but most of them do end up being known as Chris, in my experience.

headintheclouds Says:


A lot of the time I forget that Christopher is a classic name, since I know so many Chris-es that it seems a trendy 90's name to me on par with Jason (but then Jason's a classic-ish name with ancient roots as well).

I've never really thought much of this name, but recently I've been looking at it with fresh eyes and really liking it! Christopher sounds dashing with a touch of poetic romance to it. The downside is the nickname Chris; I only like the full name, or the nickname Kit that I imagine on a dark-haired almost Victorian-era ish little boy.

VelvetEar Says:


I have a distant cousin who has this name and goes by Topher.

ElizabethVaughn Says:


I love this name, but everyone would call him Chris, which is so boring.

thorn144 Says:


But Sean Combs does NOT have a son name Christopher... just Christian.

Yessica Says:


I just hate it like this


Impwood Says:


I like Kip, Kit and Toffee as childhood nicknames for Christopher.

Liberty_Bell Says:


I was born in 1975 and was one of 5 Christopher's in my class at school, I used to loathe my name. I love it now, although I hate being called Chris.

Leah3456 Says:


Strong, masculine name.