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International Variations of Christopher

Christopher, one of the most popular baby boy names in the US over the past decades, has many intriguing international variations.
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ChristopherHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek and Latin
  • Meaning:

    "bearer of Christ"
  • Description:

    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.

KesterHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish form of Christopher
  • Meaning:

    "one who carries Christ"
  • Description:

    Nearly unknown outside the British Isles, this old Scottish variation has a sleek surname feel that can make an excellent update of the flagging Christopher.

KristofHeart

  • Origin:

    Slavic variation of Christopher
  • Description:

    Attractive attenuated form of the popular Christopher, well used throughout Europe, appearing as Christophe in France and Christoph in Germany.
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ChristosHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, diminutive of Christopher
  • Description:

    A Greek classic.

CristóbalHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Christopher
  • Description:

    Frequently used in the Spanish-speaking community; Christopher Columbus was born Cristóbal Colón.

RistoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish variation of Christopher
  • Meaning:

    "bearer of Christ"
  • Description:

    A lively and charming nickname for Christopher — more modern than Chris.
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KristofferHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian variation of Christopher
  • Description:

    This Scandinavian spin on Christopher gives that enduring classic a lighter, more individual twist, though many may see it as simply a kree8iv spelling.

KristofferHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian variation of Christopher
  • Description:

    This Scandinavian spin on Christopher gives that enduring classic a lighter, more individual twist, though many may see it as simply a kree8iv spelling.

ChristieHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish and Irish diminutive of Christopher
  • Meaning:

    "bearer of Christ"
  • Description:

    Kit and Topher are the Christopher nicknames du jour, thanks to actors Harington and Grace. But now that Chris is feeling less ubiquitous, this jaunty Scottish and Irish short form has a certain charm.
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