Christopher

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Christopher
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Pronunciation/ˈkrɪstəfər/
GenderMale
Origin
Word/nameGreek
MeaningChrist-bearer
Other names
Related namesChris (short form), Christoph, Christy, Kit, Topher, Kristopher

Christopher is the English version of a Europe-wide name derived from the Greek name Χριστόφορος (Christophoros or Christoforos). The constituent parts are Χριστός (Christós), "Christ" or "Anointed", and φέρειν (phérein), "to bear";[1] hence the "Christ-bearer".

As a given name, 'Christopher' has been in use since the 10th century. In English, Christopher may be abbreviated as "Chris", "Topher", 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.[2]

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  1. ^ χριστός, φέρειν. Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert; A Greek–English Lexicon at the Perseus Project
  2. ^ "Christopher - Meaning And Origin Of The Name Christopher". Baby Names UK.
  3. ^ "Approved Firstnames (Boys) starting with C - Ankestyrelsen". ast.dk. Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  4. ^ "Approved Firstnames (Boys) starting with K - Ankestyrelsen". ast.dk. Retrieved 2020-01-02.