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Related namesChris (short form), Christoph, Christy

Christopher is the English version of a Europe-wide name derived from the Greek name Χριστόφορος (Christóforos). The constituent parts are Χριστός (Christós), "Christ" or "Anointed", and φέρειν (férein), "bear": the "Christ-bearer".

As a given, or first name, 'Christopher' has been in use since the 10th century. In English, Christopher may be abbreviated as "Chris", and sometimes "Kit". It was frequently the most popular male first name in the United Kingdom, having been in the top twenty in England and Wales from the 1940s until 1995, although it has since dropped out of the top 100. The name is most common in England and not so common in Wales, Scotland, or Ireland.[1]

People with the given name[edit]

People with the surname[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Christopher "Chris" Myers, character from The Promise (2016)
  • Christopher Pike, Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 before James T. Kirk. - from the Star Trek Franchise including The Original Series, the 2009 film by JJ Abrams, Star Trek Discovery, and Star Trek Strange New Worlds.
  • Christopher Robin, character from the "Winnie the Pooh"

Cognates in other languages[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Christopher - Meaning And Origin Of The Name Christopher". Baby Names UK.
  2. ^ "Approved Firstnames (Boys) starting with C - Ankestyrelsen". Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  3. ^ "Approved Firstnames (Boys) starting with K - Ankestyrelsen". Retrieved 2020-01-02.