GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Theology, Greek
OTHER SCRIPTS: Χριστος (Ancient Greek), Χρηστος, Χριστος (Greek)

Meaning & History

From Greek Χριστος (Christos) meaning "anointed", derived from χριω (chrio) meaning "to anoint". This was a name applied to Jesus by early Greek-speaking Christians. It is a translation of the Hebrew word מָשִׁיחַ (mashiyach), commonly spelled in English messiah, which also means "anointed".

This is a modern Greek name as well, though it is commonly spelled Χρηστος. The two spellings are pronounced identically in modern Greek.
VARIANT: Christ (Theology)
Entry updated December 8, 2017