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Chris

First Name
167k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Chris

"Chris" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Diminutive form of names in Chris-". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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  1. A diminutive of the male given names Christopher and, less commonly, of Christian.
  2. A diminutive of the female name Christina and of its variant forms.

Chris was also found in the following language(s): Danish and Norwegian

Notable Persons Named Chris

Chris Pratt is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to present. Chris was given the name Christopher Michael Pratt on June 21st, 1979 in Virginia, Minnesota, United States.

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Chris Evans is an actor. He was most active from 1999 to present. Chris was given the name Christopher Robert Evans on June 13th, 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Chris Hemsworth is an actor. He has been prominent since 2002. Chris was born on August 11th, 1983 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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Chris Brown is a contemporary r&b, hip hop music, pop music, and dance music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2005 to present. Chris was given the name Christopher Maurice Brown on May 5th, 1989 in Tappahannock, Virginia, U.S.

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Chris Pine is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2003. Chris was given the name Christopher Whitelaw Pine on August 26th, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Chris Kyle is an american sniper (book). His military service ended in 1999.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Chris

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Lil' Chris was a musician. He was most active from 2006 to 2015. Lil' was given the name Christopher James Hardman on August 26th, 1990 in Lowestoft. Lil' is also known as Hardman and Christopher James. He passed away on March 23rd, 2015.

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His ongoing career started in 2000. Oliver was given the name Oliver Graham Chris on November 2nd, 1978 in Tonbridge.

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Hurricane Chris is a hip hop music rapping and songwriter. His ongoing career started in 2006. Hurricane was given the name Christopher Dooley, Jr. on March 7th, 1989 in Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S. Hurricane is also known as Hurricane, Dooley, Christopher, and Jr. (birth name).

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mc chris is a nerdcore and hip hop music musician. They have had major accomplishments since 2000. mc was given the name Christopher Brendan Ward on September 2nd, 1975 in Libertyville, Illinois, U.S.

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Young Chris is a hip hop music rapping and songwriter. He has had major accomplishments since 2001. Young was given the name Christopher Francis Ries on March 19th, 1983.

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How popular is the baby name Chris in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 49 0 49
1881 52 0 52
1882 39 0 39
1883 47 0 47
1884 57 0 57
1885 50 0 50
1886 62 0 62
1887 46 0 46
1888 59 0 59
1889 42 0 42
1890 32 0 32
1891 32 0 32
1892 49 0 49
1893 40 0 40
1894 45 0 45
1895 41 0 41
1896 53 0 53
1897 35 0 35
1898 33 0 33
1899 36 0 36
1900 45 0 45
1901 26 0 26
1902 37 0 37
1903 35 0 35
1904 27 0 27
1905 25 0 25
1906 30 0 30
1907 29 0 29
1908 37 0 37
1909 48 0 48
1910 32 0 32
1911 43 0 43
1912 76 0 76
1913 81 0 81
1914 134 8 126
1915 145 0 145
1916 148 0 148
1917 151 6 145
1918 179 0 179
1919 135 7 128
1920 191 11 180
1921 153 6 147
1922 181 12 169
1923 169 14 155
1924 192 14 178
1925 189 7 182
1926 181 13 168
1927 168 15 153
1928 184 20 164
1929 187 16 171
1930 186 14 172
1931 169 15 154
1932 230 22 208
1933 159 17 142
1934 194 14 180
1935 200 19 181
1936 210 20 190
1937 223 26 197
1938 254 26 228
1939 276 30 246
1940 348 32 316
1941 365 44 321
1942 452 70 382
1943 548 102 446
1944 635 106 529
1945 680 129 551
1946 1,029 202 827
1947 1,439 322 1,117
1948 1,616 329 1,287
1949 1,630 241 1,389
1950 1,468 219 1,249
1951 1,750 278 1,472
1952 2,012 328 1,684
1953 1,905 335 1,570
1954 2,172 374 1,798
1955 2,643 455 2,188
1956 3,139 611 2,528
1957 4,278 1,021 3,257
1958 5,796 1,342 4,454 #93 boy name
1959 7,077 1,408 5,669 #72 boy name
1960 8,010 1,509 6,501 #63 boy name
1961 8,775 1,568 7,207 #57 boy name
1962 8,307 1,521 6,786 #59 boy name
1963 7,764 1,423 6,341 #59 boy name
1964 7,017 1,378 5,639 #65 boy name
1965 6,572 1,089 5,483 #60 boy name
1966 6,115 860 5,255 #55 boy name
1967 5,349 728 4,621 #60 boy name
1968 4,920 669 4,251 #64 boy name
1969 4,818 528 4,290 #66 boy name
1970 4,924 458 4,466 #63 boy name
1971 4,619 324 4,295 #68 boy name
1972 3,754 275 3,479 #81 boy name
1973 2,945 239 2,706 #96 boy name
1974 2,483 204 2,279
1975 2,161 201 1,960
1976 1,791 188 1,603
1977 1,654 162 1,492
1978 1,467 129 1,338
1979 1,386 119 1,267
1980 1,090 104 986
1981 906 76 830
1982 796 84 712
1983 697 50 647
1984 682 58 624
1985 661 52 609
1986 590 56 534
1987 548 37 511
1988 538 44 494
1989 567 29 538
1990 517 30 487
1991 548 39 509
1992 484 24 460
1993 473 28 445
1994 471 28 443
1995 511 23 488
1996 580 29 551
1997 550 19 531
1998 615 16 599
1999 637 15 622
2000 670 20 650
2001 715 20 695
2002 702 15 687
2003 692 14 678
2004 683 10 673
2005 730 9 721
2006 849 9 840
2007 920 16 904
2008 950 11 939
2009 870 10 860
2010 724 8 716
2011 580 0 580
2012 659 12 647
2013 632 11 621
2014 545 7 538
2015 573 8 565
2016 516 6 510

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Popularity of Chris as a first name

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Popularity of Chris as a last name

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Common last names for Chris

  • Christensen
  • Jensen
  • Hansen
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Nelson
  • Smith
  • Anderson
  • Nielsen
  • Petersen
  • Larsen
  • Peterson
  • Brown
  • Sorensen
  • Andersen
  • Williams
  • Thompson
  • Jones
  • Olsen
  • Rasmussen

Common first names for Chris

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Chris U.S.
  White 76.06% 64.26%
  African American 11.87% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.19% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.47% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.64% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.76% 16.26%

Of Last Name Chris

People with the last name Chris are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Chris

  • How Popular is the name Chris? Chris is the 428th most popular name of all time. As a last name Chris was the 24,222nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Chris have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 166,542 babies born with the first name Chris in the United States. That's more than enough people named Chris to occupy the country of Saint Lucia with an estimated population of 166,526 (as of May 10, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Chris? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 49 new born babies.
  • When was Chris first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Chris is Friday, January 18th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Chris born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chris was in 1961 with a total of 7,207 babies. That's a lot of babies named Chris!
  • Random Chris Factoid: According to the 1966 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Chris ranks 51st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Oregon. Imagine that, 68 babies in Oregon have the same name as you in 1966.
  • Weird things about the name Chris: Your name in reverse order is Sirhc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Chisr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Chris? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,036 people with the last name Chris.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Chris? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Chris as their last name since less than 1 person in 286k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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