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PronouncedPron.KRIS-chən English
KRISH-chən English
KRIS-tyan German
KRIS-tee-ahn Swedish

Meaning & History

From the medieval Latin name Christianus meaning "a Christian" (see CHRISTOS). In England it has been in use since the Middle Ages, during which time it was used by both males and females, but it did not become common until the 17th century. In Denmark the name has been borne by ten kings since the 15th century. A famous bearer was Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), the Danish author of such fairy tales as 'The Ugly Duckling' and 'The Emperor's New Clothes'.
DiminutivesChris, Kris English Christer, Krister Swedish Christer, Kris Danish
Other Languages & CulturesKristian, Kristiyan Bulgarian Kristijan, Krsto Croatian Christiaan, Chris Dutch Kristjan Estonian Kristian Finnish Krisztián Hungarian Kristján Icelandic Cristiano Italian Christianus Late Roman Kristiāns Latvian Kristijonas Lithuanian Carsten, Karsten Low German Hristijan, Kristijan Macedonian Krystian, Krystyn Polish Cristiano Portuguese Cristian, Cristi Romanian Kristijan Serbian Kristijan, Kristjan Slovene Cristián Spanish


Portrait of Christian IV of Denmark by Pieter IsaacszPortrait of Christian IV of Denmark by Pieter Isaacsz


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