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Word/nameChrist or cross(in Bulgarian, Macedonian and Russian)Kristian Kristian
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Related namesChristian

Kristian is a name in several languages, and is a form of Christian.

Meaning in different languages[edit]

The name is used in several languages, among them Albanian, Slovak, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Bosnian, Macedonian, Bulgarian and Croatian.

In some languages people with the name are sometimes named after the cross, not after Christ. The word cross in Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian is kr'st and in Russian is krest, in some cases pronounced krist. In contrast Christ in these Slavic languages is called Hristos, which confuses to which of both nouns the name sounds more similar. The name may have a third meaning in Bulgarian and Macedonian, in which the word kr'sten means baptized and has the same as the word for cross.[clarification needed]

Though sounding similar, the words cross and Christian have different roots, Christian derives from the Koine Greek word Christós, possibly ultimately derived from the Egyptian kheru, "word" or "voice",[1][2] used to replace the Biblical Hebrew term mashiach, "anointed".[3] On the other the hand the Slavic and the English word for cross comes from the Latin word crux (cruci) "stake" which is perhaps of Phoenician[4] or Punic (Phoenicio-Carthaginian)[5] origin. It may come from the Latin word crio, "to torment".[6]

Males with the given name Kristian[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brewer, Willis. "Egyptian origin of the word Christ". Southern Illinois University.
  2. ^ Palo, John. "Mystic gifts". Archived from the original on 2015-09-05.
  3. ^ "Christ | Origin and meaning of the name christ by Online Etymology Dictionary".
  4. ^ "Cross | Origin and meaning of cross by Online Etymology Dictionary".
  5. ^ Crux[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Ogechukwu, Nwaocha Mind (17 July 2010). The Secret Behind the Cross and Crucifix. ISBN 9781608608508.