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I have also heard that it derives from a name or word meaning the light, or the light that is sent by God, hence Jesus being given the title Christ as in Jesus The Light That Is Sent By God.
cg_burdett  4/5/2005
Famous bearer of the name: Christopher Trousdale, a former member of the band "Dream Street".
Mary-Rach  8/8/2005
Another famous bearer of this name is Christopher Paolini, the young author of the much beloved "Inheritance Trilogy".
Arowen Half-Elven  12/6/2005
Famous beares include Christopher Robin in the Winnie the Pooh books and Christopher Plummer, the actor.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2005
AA Milne's son actually was named, and called, Christopher Robin by his parents: he changed to Robin after being teased at school.
Anneza  3/14/2010
Famous bearer: Christopher Lee (Lord of the Rings, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, etc.)
Arowen Half-Elven  12/15/2005
I was supposed to be named Christopher, had I been a boy. This will definitely be my first son's name. Should I ever have a son, that is.
Eglentyne  12/20/2005
Christopher Reeve was an actor famous for portraying Superman.
breakofday  12/30/2005
Famous bearer: Christopher Boone, the 15-year-old protagonist of Mark Haddon's award-winning novel 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time'. In the book, Christopher, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome (a form of autism), attempts to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington, a neighbour's dog.
reservoirdoll1987  12/31/2005
Christopher is also the first name of the guy with THE MOST BEAUTIFUL voice: Chris Kirkpatrick (*NSYNC).
Deborah  1/12/2006
Christopher Marlowe, English playwright.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2006
This is the name of actor Christopher Thomas Howell (aka C. Thomas Howell) who played in "The Outsiders" and "Grandview U.S.A."
roxxmuhsoxx  2/4/2006
Can also be spelled Kristopher.
dani_08  3/5/2006
Christopher Novaselic is the bass player in the band Nirvana, his nickname is Crist which I think is quite cute actually.
dani_08  3/5/2006
The bassist in Nirvana's name is Krist, I think it is a Croation name. He used Chris in the eighties because he was embarrassed about the mispronunciation of Krist so for the album Bleach he is credited as Chris but for all subsequent albums his name was Krist.

Christopher Wolstenholme, bassist for the rock band Muse is another famous bearer.
Nava  12/22/2006
Raab Himself's first name is actually Chris.
dani_08  3/5/2006
Christopher Bridges is rapper Ludacris's real name.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2006
I actually love this as a girls' name.
lindamaree  3/8/2006
Christopher as a girls' name? Uhmmm ... how about not?
websurfer  3/31/2006
Weird. It doesn't seem very feminine to me. The only thing that makes it remotely feminine is a sort of similarity to Jennifer--three syllables, emphasis on the first, and the 'fer/pher' ending. However, there is absolutely no etymological connection. I'd hate this as a girls' name, I admit.
― Anonymous User  5/27/2007
Jodie Foster's second son is named Christopher.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2006
A famous person with this name is the brilliant actor Christopher Walker.
GuessModel  4/6/2006
I love this name and meaning of it is so nice. I gave this name to my first son and spelt it Kristopher. He is 15 now and loves his name. He goes by Kris. It is often spelt wrong but he doesn't care. The name Christopher is a timeless classic.
― Anonymous User  4/26/2006
A famous bearer is explorer Christopher Columbus.
CoBy  4/30/2006
Christopher is the English version of the name of Italian explorer Cristobal Colón.
― Anonymous User  7/19/2006
Famous bearer: Christopher Eugene O'Donnell or Chris O'Donnell.
Keira_111  6/10/2006
Christopher Eccleston played the Ninth Doctor on the British television series Doctor Who.
― Anonymous User  6/11/2006
Christopher Meloni who plays Detective Elliot Stabler on Law and Order SVU.
KylieXxX  6/27/2006
I avoid common names like the plague, and though it doesn't get much more common than "Chris", Christopher is still a beautiful name. I really do love the name in the aesthtic sense, and while I'm not into Biblical names either, this one does have something very noble and good about it. Christopher is a great name.
the_pumpkin_king  6/27/2006
I love the name Christopher. If I were a boy, my name would have been either Ryan Christopher or Robert Christopher, so if I ever have a boy I'm planning on giving them the middle name Christopher as well.
― Anonymous User  7/3/2006
Johnny Depp's middle name.
― Anonymous User  7/13/2006
Chris Martin (love his voice) is the lead singer of Colplay.
pink_floyd_fan  7/25/2006
Actor Topher Grace's real name is Christopher. Topher makes a cute nickname.
pink_floyd_fan  7/25/2006
The funny thing about this name is that it has 'stop her' in it.
GroovyLady  7/27/2006
Other famous bearers: Christopher Judge and Chris Barrie.
Maggie_Simpson  7/28/2006
And of course Chris Castile (Mark Foster from SbS).
Maggie_Simpson  8/6/2006
Criss Angel's full name is Christopher Sarantakos.
dramaelf  8/7/2006
I like the nickname Cristafoo with it! Lol, it's something one of my cousins made up.
blackgoodbye  9/9/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Christopher here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
_satu_  10/24/2006
Popular singer Josh Groban has a younger brother named Christopher.
― Anonymous User  12/30/2006
Popular Christopher's also include rock singer Chris Isaak (famous for his song Wicked Game) and the character Christopher Multisanti from The Sopranos (played by Michael Imperioli).
― Anonymous User  12/31/2006
A famous bearer of this name is Christopher Paolini, author of the "Inheritance" book trilogy, the first book of which was honoured by Entertainment Weekly with the prestigious title of "Worst Book of 2005".
― Anonymous User  1/11/2007
I knew a fellow named Christopher who wanted to be called "Topher", because he insisted that "Chris" was a girl's name. One of my friends misheard him and thought he said "Tofu", so that became his nickname.
― Anonymous User  1/29/2007
I don't personally like "Christopher" but I think that "Chris" is amazing. It's attractive.
Danni91  2/10/2007
A famous bearer is Christopher Foyle, detective from "Foyle´s war".
ToveTer  5/4/2007
This is a very nice name. I like the meaning. Even though it is a common and long name, I still like it. Most people that I know with this name go by "Chris". I like that nickname. If your name is Christopher and you think it is too formal, you can shorten it to "Chris" or even "Topher".
CharlieRob  5/6/2007
My name is Christopher and I can't stand being called Chris. There were 1500 or more students at my high school and I think 300 of them answered to Chris/Kris, not just the Ch/Kristopers but also the Christians, Ch/Kristines, Ch/Kristabelles, Ch/Kris-this Ch/Kris-that. All of us refused to answer to Chris before leaving school and I still won't.
Greasy  5/8/2007
Topher as a nickname? Sorry everyone who mentioned that, but I just don't think that sounds normal. Shorten it to Chris, and if you really hate it just get another name.
Brianna Angela  5/27/2007
Christopher was a recurring character on the TV show Gilmore Girls (he was Rory's father.) He was played by David Sutcliffe.
emc  7/8/2007
J.R.R. Tolkien's youngest son is called Christopher. He is the editor of all texts written by J.R.R. Tolkien that weren't published during his life.
Ghanima  8/4/2007
I like and hate this name. I associate it with Christopher Paolini, whom I hate for so blatantly ripping off so many books, without even trying to change them or 'make them his', so to speak. So, yeah. I wouldn't use it, but I don't hate it. It's quite nice, actually.
stormy_lovegood  10/8/2007
Christopher 'Kit' Nubbles is a character in Charles Dickens' novel "The Old Curiosity Shop."
Kate  10/30/2007
I love this name, it sounds so beautiful. Common maybe, but I just love it.
renee06  11/30/2007
Famous bearer, Christopher McCandless. If you have ever heard of him he was a man exploring the wilderness who died doing what he loved the most. He has an inspiring story. =]
― Anonymous User  12/20/2007
My name is Christopher and when I was little and people called me "Chris" my mom would correct them and say "'Topher." And my dad started calling me Topher. But I prefer Christopher over all of them but most people won't call me Christopher because they say it's too long to say. But I say that's a bunch of bullcrap.
Topher1286  5/9/2008
Now, it's not that I dislike the name per se, but it's overused. I also hate the nickname Chris, and I'm not crazy about Topher either.
slight night shiver  5/18/2008
Number 9 for boys in 2005.
Patricia Underwood  7/10/2008
A "famous" bearer is Christopher Norris (an actress from the 80s).

Thinking about it Christopher is such a beautiful name - why not using it on a girl?
Jamie Stefanie  8/8/2008
Christopher Albright, footballer, born 14th January, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Emilie007  9/3/2008
Ugh. This name is WAY too common. Every second boy's name is Christopher, and it's always shortened to the unoriginal nickname Chris. I'll pass. There are plenty of other names out there.
bananarama  9/14/2008
This is my name. I don't think it suits me at all, as it normally reminds me of a teenage, party going sort of person. I still love the sound of my name and am glad my mother named me this, though I feel Edward would suit me much more.
LouisXI  10/12/2008
Christopher is the first name of 'Scrubs' character, surgeon Chris Turk, who is usally referred to by his surname. He is protagonist JD's best friend since college and roommate (for most of the series).
scholasticastewart  10/21/2008
Christopher Grace played Eric Foreman on That 70's Show, and is credited as Topher Grace.
margs66  12/14/2008
I've always associated this name with Winnie the Pooh and I consider this a positive association. :P Kit is a lovely nickname, it's less common than Chris.
Clockwork  6/14/2009
Christopher Ibrahimoff is real name of Bulgarian-Greek composer Chris Wilson.
MaggieSimpson  8/2/2009
I like this name a lot for a boy. Partly because a couple of my past boyfriends had this name. But I think it's because I just like the name itself.
nicole_10107  9/15/2009
Christopher Hitchens [born 1949] is a highly acclaimed British author, journalist and activist currently living in America.
vomiting  11/6/2009
Were I a boy called Christopher, I wouldn't want to be called Topher. Because no matter how you say it, it's gonna sound like either tofu or tosser.
emsie_kat  12/7/2009
Famous Bearer - Chris Pine.
He played Captain Kirk in the latest Star Trek movie. I think he is such a hottie!
― Anonymous User  12/23/2009
Overused? I've never known a Christopher and I don't even see it in print that often. How about Tyler, Jayden, or Ian? Now that's overused.
― Anonymous User  12/27/2009
The name IS popular, but don't worry. The popularity was dropping downhill ever since the mid-1980's. I wonder what KEPT it popular.
jonathan0012  3/2/2010
Christ stop her!
Ugly name.
― Anonymous User  5/8/2010
A famous bearer of the name is Christopher John Albright (born January 14, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) an American football player who currently plays for New York Red Bulls.
MaggieSimpson  5/10/2010
A famous bearer was Christopher "Chris" Benoit (21 May 1967 - 24 June 2007) was a Canadian professional wrestler who held a total of 32 championships during his career and is recognized as a WWE two-time world champion. He also gained notoriety when he killed his wife, son, and self in June 2007.
AndrewJKD  7/3/2010
Kristofor is the Croatian form, but today it's uncommon (this form usually refers to the saint). Much more used are the contracted form Krsto, and short form Kristo. [noted -ed]
goricar  7/31/2010
It's a nice name, but definitely overused.
Chrila96  10/9/2010
Another way to spell this name is Cristofer.

As common as the name is, it isn't spelled this way often but this is how my mom spelt my brother's name. :)
courtney.dayle  11/15/2010
I actually think this may be French.
deoxy99  1/20/2011
This is my son's name. I think it's classic, masculine and wonderful. Didn't care that it was a popular name. To me, that is a silly reason to not give a name you love to your child.
Dancing_Dragonfly  1/20/2011
Name of the Day: March 14, 2011.
AndrewJKD  3/14/2011
It reminds me of greediness. Like crisp stuffer or something.
― Anonymous User  3/27/2011
I like this name and I like the nickname Chris, But I DESPISE the nickname Topher, I swear it looks like a nickname some stupid hipster would give their child, trying to be original or some crap like that. HATE IT.
FlakyMatt  4/27/2011
Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos-- better known by the stage name "Criss Angel." He is an inspiring, talented Greek-American illusionist, stunt performer, musician, and actor. Commonly known for his television show A&E's "Criss Angel: Mindfreak," among his incredible demonstrations (Hanging from fish-hooks attached to a helicopter-- while flying above the Grand Canyon; Buried Alive; Walking up the Luxor; etc). Criss keeps busy in his 5-days a week performance illusion show "Criss Angel BeLIEve" in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil at the Luxor casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Francesca  5/23/2011
I am sick and tired of people using MY name for their children! Christopher happens to be MY name and it's too common and there are lots of people who have MY name who don't deserve it!
fuckyoy  6/9/2011
I just want to say that nobody has a copyright to their name, and that anybody can use any name they like without your permission.
nina77  7/13/2011
Chris Cornell is the lead singer for Soundgarden among several other bands (first name is Christopher of course).
GibsonGirl  9/7/2011
Christopher "Chris" Colfer is an actor and a singer. He plays Kurt Hummel on Glee.
― Anonymous User  12/11/2011
I am expecting my second child (first boy) and love traditional names which can easily be shortened into multiple nicknames. The name Christopher Anderson is what I'm leaning towards, believing a name says a lot about a person and their traits. I've known many "Christopher"s throughout my life and every single one of them has been nice, considerate, and liked by all who meet them (not to mention attractive). I LOVE the name and the people I associate it with... and LOVE the nickname Topher, I never would've thought of that :-)
― Anonymous User  12/12/2011
Lately, I've been really liking the name Christopher. I tend to like older names that have a traditional/classic sound to it.
Ryry1996  12/24/2011
Nice, classic boys name.
Amanda_M87  2/24/2012
I'd rather be named Satanus, than Christopher...
angolmois  4/2/2012
Christopher is a terrible, awful name for someone who wants to be free of the societal dogma and think independently.
angolmois  4/2/2012
@angolmois, Are you atheist losers so sad and pathetic, you have to vent your hatred of religion on a NAMING website?
Josiah Isaias  6/27/2014
@Josiah Isaias
What about Atheists? I'm a RAGING Atheist and MY son is named Christopher. Get over yourself.
Dancing_Dragonfly  1/13/2015
My name is Christopher. In my opinion I've got a great name, but the problem is it's too common. Too many people have the name Christopher who don't deserve it.
TheOneTrueChris  11/14/2012
This name is incredibly popular but I actually like it. It's got a nice, strong sound to it. However I don't like the nickname 'Chris', the full name sounds much better (everyone I know with this name uses the nickname, however.)
sunshinechild67  12/25/2012
I know quite a few people named Christopher, and they all go by Chris. I understand why, since Christopher is a really long name, but Christopher sounds better to me. I've never seen anyone over 40 with this name, although I'm sure there's plenty of them out there.
― Anonymous User  1/11/2013
Christopher (Chris) Hemsworth is an Australian actor.
― Anonymous User  1/13/2013
Name of the Day: March 14, 2013.
― Anonymous User  3/14/2013
Despite its popularity, I still love this name. I can understand its popularity, which is something I can't say about too many names these days. If you want to use this name but are hesitant because it's so common, just call him Christopher or even Kit instead of Chris, and his life will be a lot less confusing!
Oohvintage  5/29/2013
Elizabeth Taylor has a son named Christopher Edward, born in 1955.
Oohvintage  7/24/2013
There are more forms of the name Christopher - here in Estonia, the name Kristo or Christo is a popular male name, that's shortened from Christopher.
YoungWriter  2/18/2014
Both father and older son in the Dollanganger series by V.C. Andrews, (Flowers in the Attic is the first novel) are named Christopher. The son goes by Chris.
DoomKitty  3/31/2014
VERY common but VERY decent.
ThatMazerunnerfan  10/11/2014
This can be a female name. A famous bearer is Ben Affleck's mother Christopher.
LMS  10/27/2014
Christopher is a handsome, sophisticated, classic name. I love this name! I'd definitely name my son this! :D.
― Anonymous User  11/9/2014
With the nicknames Chris (like crisp) and Chip, the name really just makes me hungry.
Hushpuppy  1/13/2015
Master 7 was named after his Uncle Chris. Thank God because he was destined to be a Dante - yuk! I have been asked many a time over the years why we didn't spell it Kristofer - the Russian form, I believe. Because he was NAMED after someone, I don't like the alternative spellings and Christopher is such a traditional name it shouldn't be spelt any other way!
tashu84  8/14/2015
I was born Christopher. My mother and family call me Christopher. Everyone did until senior school. And teachers said hi Chris and I said no. I said I'm a Christopher. No one listens. I am great at names. It's respect.
― Anonymous User  10/23/2015
My boyfriend's name is Christopher, but I call him Chris. I prefer that over Christopher. Christopher sounds too old fashioned to me.
Luvbug86  11/12/2015
Christopher 'Chris' Purejoie, of the Dark Lord children's trilogy Dark Lord; The Teenage Years, Dark Lord: A Fiend in Need and Dark Lord: Eternal Detention where an evil Dark Lord turns into a human boy, but keeps his evil ways. READ IT! Also Christopher is a wonderful name.
helloadele  11/30/2015
I usually just say, "My name is Chris, but you can call me Christopher", a twist on "My name is Christopher, but you can call me Chris".
callmechristopher  12/11/2015
Ralph Wiggum:"Topher makes me think of gopher." :)
adamconoverrules  12/15/2015
Although "Christy" and "Christie" are common diminutives of Christopher in Ireland, "Críostóir" would be the direct translation of Christopher in the Irish language (Gaelge/Gaelic). [noted -ed]
saoi  2/8/2016
Matthew Christopher Miller (born June 29, 1982), who goes by the stage name Matthew Mercer, is an American voice actor. Some of his major roles have been in English dubs of Japanese anime, including Levi in 'Attack on Titan', Kiritsugu Emiya in 'Fate/Zero', Kanji Tatsumi for episodes 13-26 in 'Persona 4: The Animation', Trafalgar Law in 'One Piece', and Jotaro Kujo in 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders'.
― Anonymous User  3/21/2016
It's a good, strong name and one of the better "classics," but I still think it's too overused and I dislike the inevitable nickname Chris.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/11/2016
I would definitely use this name for my future son either as a first or middle name. My dad's name was Christopher.
Charlottetarantula  5/21/2016
I am named Christopher and I am the eldest with 3 sisters. As a young age they struggled with the full name Christopher. My eldest sister called me Topher and my youngest sister called me Snoff, which my partner found cute and has called me so for the past 15 years. I think the name is a good, strong name. I will be using Kester as a middle name for my son (as my partner is half Scottish), hitting 2 birds with 1 stone so both parents are covered, quite a masculine name too.
Snoffy  6/4/2016
IT'S CHRISTOPHER, NOT CHRIS! I tell people that all the time! I'm Christopher, he's Chris. It's respectful to get peoples' name right!
namco  6/14/2016
Christopher Robin is not a fictional character but was A.A. Milne's son. The stories were written for him. In his later life he owned a successful bookshop in Dartmouth, Devon, U.K. called the Harbour Bookshop. You can read more about him in his Wikipedia entry. I only comment because I met him in my early life and he encouraged me in my reading.
loadfactor  9/13/2016
I believe Kip is another nickname for Christopher.
Chaos-XIII  10/23/2016
I named my baby boy Christopher in 1970. Shortly after that it rose to be quite popular. I remember I hadn't named him until after birth, and I just looked at him and knew his name should be Christopher. I used the nickname Chris which he used too. I liked the name and still do. It means "Christ's bearer".
Spirit51  1/4/2017
Christopher Odhiambo Okinda is a prominent Kenyan actor, film director, producer, author and radio presenter. He featured in the Oscar award-winning movie The Constant Gardener working alongside Ralph Fiennes and White Maasai. He is the founder of the theatre film company Something Productions, www. Somethingproductions. net, which produces plays in his mother's native Dholuo language, and is actively involved in the making of films and documentaries, the latter for both television and radio.
cutenose  1/9/2017
I always liked this name for a boy. I like the shortened form 'Chris' and the full name.
DundiculutNicholas  1/27/2017
Christopher Robert "Chris" Evans is an American actor and filmmaker. Evans is known for his superhero roles as the Marvel Comics characters Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Human Torch in Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel.
cutenose  4/11/2017
Christopher Thomas Woo, also known as Woo Sung-hyun and better known by his stage name Kevin Woo is a Korean-American singer and television host currently based in South Korea. He is a former member of South Korean boy band U-KISS. He is a co-host alongside Jimin Park and Jae of Day6 of the popular Korean music talk show After School Club, which is conducted in English so as to appeal to foreign fans of Korean music. He is a former member of boy band XING.
cutenose  4/11/2017
Christopher Anthony John "Chris" Martin is an English musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and philanthropist. He is best known as the co-founder and lead singer of the British rock band Coldplay. Born in Whitestone, near Exeter in Devon, Martin went to University College London where he formed a rock band with fellow musician Jonny Buckland in 1996 called Starfish, which was eventually renamed Coldplay in 1998.
cutenose  4/17/2017
Christopher Claus Andersen is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. Nicknamed "Birdman", Andersen was born in Long Beach, California, grew up in Iola, Texas, and played one year at Blinn College. Andersen began his professional career in the Chinese Basketball Association and the American minor leagues. He then played in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets and the New Orleans Hornets. He received a two-year ban from the NBA in 2006 for violating the league's drug policy, but was reinstated on March 4, 2008, and re-signed with the Hornets the next day. He returned to Denver later in 2008, and remained with the team until 2012. He signed with the Miami Heat in January 2013 and won a championship with them that same year. He is the only Blinn student to ever play in the NBA.
cutenose  5/10/2017
Christopher Ruben Studdard, is an American R&B, pop and gospel singer. He rose to fame as winner of the second season of American Idol and received a Grammy Award nomination in December 2003 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Superstar". In the years following Idol, Studdard has released six studio albums, including his platinum-selling debut, Soulful, and the top-selling gospel follow-up, I Need an Angel. He is most well known for his recording career, which has produced hits including "Flying Without Wings", "Sorry 2004", and "Change Me", but he has also segued into television and stage work. Most notably, he toured with Robin Givens in the comedy-drama I Need a Hug and in 2008 starred as Fats Waller in a national tour revival of Ain't Misbehavin', which spawned a Grammy-nominated soundtrack.
cutenose  5/12/2017
Christopher Edward "Chris" Hansen is an American television journalist. He is known for his work on Dateline NBC, in particular the former segment To Catch a Predator, which revolved around catching potential Internet sex predators using a sting operation. He also hosts Killer Instinct on Investigation Discovery, which documents homicide investigations. In September 2016 he became the new host of the syndicated show Crime Watch Daily.
cutenose  5/26/2017
Christopher Inadomi "Chris" Tashima is a Japanese American actor and director. He is co-founder of the entertainment company Cedar Grove Productions and Artistic Director of its Asian American theatre company, Cedar Grove OnStage. He is an Academy Award winner for directing the film Visas and Virtue as well as starring in it.
cutenose  6/6/2017
Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch, born June 1, 2015, is the son of Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter.
Lady_Skywalker  7/12/2017

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