Meaning & History
From Greek Χριστός (Christos) meaning "anointed", derived from χρίω (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. It has been conflated with the name Χρήστος (see Christos 2), which is spelled differently but pronounced identically in Modern Greek.
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Entry updated November 20, 2020