CHRISTOPHER
GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: KRIS-tə-fər   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Late Greek name Χριστοφορος (Christophoros) meaning "bearing Christ", derived from Χριστος (Christos) combined with φερω (phero) "to bear, to carry". Early Christians used it as a metaphorical name, expressing that they carried Christ in their hearts. In the Middle Ages, literal interpretations of the name's etymology led to legends about a Saint Christopher who carried the young Jesus across a river. He has come to be regarded as the patron saint of travellers.

As an English given name, Christopher has been in general use since the 15th century. In Denmark it was borne by three kings (their names are usually spelled Christoffer), including the 15th-century Christopher of Bavaria who also ruled Norway and Sweden. Other famous bearers include Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), English playwright Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), and the fictional character Christopher Robin from A. A. Milne's 'Winnie-the-Pooh' books.

Related Names
VARIANT: Kristopher
DIMINUTIVES: Chip, Chris, Kit, Topher, Kris
OTHER LANGUAGES: Hristofor, Hristo (Bulgarian), Kristofor, Krsto (Croatian), Kryštof (Czech), Kristoffer, Christoffer, Kris (Danish), Christoffel (Dutch), Kristoffer, Risto (Finnish), Christophe (French), Christoph (German), Kristóf (Hungarian), Christie, Christy (Irish), Cristoforo (Italian), Christophoros (Late Greek), Christophorus (Late Roman), Kristaps (Latvian), Kristupas (Lithuanian), Hristofor, Hristo, Risto (Macedonian), Kristoffer, Christoffer (Norwegian), Krzysztof, Krzyś, Krzysiek (Polish), Cristóvão (Portuguese), Christie, Christy, Kester (Scottish), Krištof (Slovak), Krištof (Slovene), Cristóbal (Spanish), Kristoffer, Christoffer (Swedish)
Popularity
United States  ranked #26 
England/Wales  ranked #112 
Canada (BC)  ranked #97 
Australia (NSW)  ranked #85 
France  ranked #433 
Ireland  ranked #75 
Netherlands  ranked #408 
New Zealand  - 
Northern Ireland  ranked #70 
Scotland  ranked #75