Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. KRIS-chən(English)
KRIS-ti-an(Swedish, Norwegian)

Meaning & History

From the medieval Latin name Christianus meaning "a Christian" (see CHRISTOS (1)). 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.

Related Names

VariantsKristian(Swedish) Kristian, Christen, Karsten, Kristen(Norwegian) Kresten, Kristian, Carsten, Christen, Karsten, Kristen(Danish)
DiminutivesChris, Kris(English) Chris(German) Christer, Krister(Swedish) Chris, Christer, Kris(Danish)
Other Languages & CulturesHristiyan, Kristian, Kristiyan, Hristo(Bulgarian) Kristijan, Krsto(Croatian) Kristián(Czech) Christiaan, Chris(Dutch) Kristjan, Kristo, Risto(Estonian) Kristian, Risto(Finnish) Kris(Flemish) Krisztián(Hungarian) Kristján(Icelandic) Cristiano(Italian) Christianus(Late Roman) Krišjānis, Kristiāns, Krišs(Latvian) Kristijonas(Lithuanian) Carsten, Karsten(Low German) Hristijan, Kristijan, Hristo(Macedonian) Krystian, Krystyn(Polish) Cristiano(Portuguese) Cristian, Cristi(Romanian) Kristijan, Krsto(Serbian) Kristián(Slovak) Kristijan, Kristjan(Slovene) Kito(Sorbian) Cristián, Cristian(Spanish)
Surname DescendantsChristiansen(Danish) Christian, Christians, Christianson, Christinsen(English) Christian(French) Christian(German) Christiansen(Norwegian)


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

People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   upper class   wholesome   strong   refined   strange   serious   nerdy  

Name Days

France: November 12


Entry updated November 20, 2020