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ScriptsΧριστος 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.
VariantChrist Theology
Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute