Christian

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Christian

"Christian" is a name of English origin, and it means "Follower of Christ". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Chris"tian
Senses
  1. One who believes, or professes or is assumed to believe, in Jesus Christ, and the truth as taught by Him; especially, one whose inward and outward life is conformed to the doctrines of Christ."The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." [Acts xi. 26.]
  2. One born in a Christian country or of Christian parents, and who has not definitely becomes an adherent of an opposing system.
  3. [Eccl]
    1. One of a Christian denomination which rejects human creeds as bases of fellowship, and sectarian names. They are congregational in church government, and baptize by immersion. They are also called Disciples of Christ, and Campbellites.
    2. One of a sect (called Christian Connection) of open-communion immersionists. The Bible is their only authoritative rule of faith and practice.

Note: ☞ In this sense, often pronounced, but not by the members of the sects, krīs"chan.

Etymology: L. christianus, Gr. �; cf. AS. cristen. See Christ

adjective Chris"tian
Senses
  1. Pertaining to Christ or his religion; as, Christian people.
  2. Pertaining to the church; ecclesiastical; as, a Christian court.
  3. Characteristic of Christian people; civilized; kind; kindly; gentle; beneficent."The graceful tact; the Christian art." [Tennyson.]
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  1. A religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and who is a member of a Christian denomination
  2. Following the teachings or manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus Christ
  3. Relating to or characteristic of Christianity ("Christian rites")
Wiktionary

Circa 1590, from Latin Christianus, from Ancient Greek Χριστιανός (Khristianós), from Χριστός (Khristós, “Christ, anointed one”) + Latin suffix -anus.

  1. A male given name found in England since the twelfth century.
  2. A female given name of medieval usage, rare today.
  3. A patronymic surname​.
  4. A believer in Christianity.
  5. An individual who seeks to live his or her life according to the principles and values taught by Jesus Christ.

Christian was also found in the following language(s): Danish, French, German, Norwegian, Old French, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Christian

Christian Bale is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1982. Christian was given the name Christian Charles Philip Bale by his parent David Bale on January 30th, 1974 in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK.

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Christian Slater is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1981. Christian was given the name Christian Michael Leonard Slater on August 18th, 1969 in New York City, New York, United States.

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Christian X was royalty. He was most prominent from 1912 to 1912. Christian was born as the child of Frederick VIII of Denmark and Louise of Sweden on September 26th, 1870 in Charlottenlund Palace. He died on April 20th, 1947.

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Christian Benteke is a soccer player for the Liverpool F.C., Standard Liège, K.R.C. Genk, K.V. Kortrijk, KV Mechelen, Aston Villa F.C., Belgium national under-17 football team, Belgium national under-18 football team, and Belgium national under-19 football team. Christian was born on December 3rd, 1990 in Kinshasa, Zaire.

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Christian Pulisic is a soccer player for the Borussia Dortmund and United States men's national under-17 soccer team. Christian was born on September 18th, 1998 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Christian was born on July 16th, 1821 in Bow, New Hampshire. They passed away on December 3rd, 1910.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Christian

Fletcher H Christian was a master's mate. Fletcher was born on September 25th, 1764 in Moorland Close, Eaglesfield, Cumberland, England, Great Britain. He left this life on September 20th, 1793.

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Claudia Christian is an actress, director, writer, singer, and musician. She has been prominent since 1984. Claudia was given the name Claudia Ann Coghlan on August 10th, 1965 in Glendale, California, US.

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Cody Christian is an actor. He was most prominent from 2006 to present. Cody was given the name Cody Allen Christian on April 15th, 1995.

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Prince Christian is royalty. He holds the title Count of Monpezat. Prince was born as the child of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Mary, and Crown Princess of Denmark on October 15th, 2005 in Rigshospitalet.

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Charlie Christian was a swing music, jazz, big band, and bebop guitarist. He plays Guitar and Gibson ES-150. Charlie was given the name Charles Henry Christian on July 29th, 1916 in Bonham, Texas, U.S. He died on March 2nd, 1942.

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Linda Christian was an actress. She was most prominent from 1943 to 1988. Linda was given the name Blanca Rosa Welter on November 13th, 1923 in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She died on July 22nd, 2011.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 43 0 43
1881 53 0 53
1882 49 0 49
1883 50 0 50
1884 54 0 54
1885 55 0 55
1886 38 5 33
1887 47 0 47
1888 51 0 51
1889 57 6 51
1890 54 5 49
1891 34 0 34
1892 42 0 42
1893 39 0 39
1894 40 0 40
1895 53 0 53
1896 36 0 36
1897 39 0 39
1898 35 5 30
1899 42 0 42
1900 35 0 35
1901 38 0 38
1902 33 0 33
1903 36 0 36
1904 30 0 30
1905 26 0 26
1906 33 0 33
1907 32 0 32
1908 29 0 29
1909 29 0 29
1910 40 0 40
1911 46 5 41
1912 91 0 91
1913 91 0 91
1914 127 5 122
1915 158 7 151
1916 159 5 154
1917 157 8 149
1918 155 0 155
1919 125 0 125
1920 150 7 143
1921 144 12 132
1922 172 12 160
1923 121 5 116
1924 131 6 125
1925 105 0 105
1926 119 6 113
1927 118 6 112
1928 120 6 114
1929 99 6 93
1930 94 0 94
1931 94 7 87
1932 86 0 86
1933 76 0 76
1934 92 0 92
1935 71 0 71
1936 96 5 91
1937 85 0 85
1938 107 8 99
1939 94 0 94
1940 99 0 99
1941 130 7 123
1942 120 12 108
1943 135 0 135
1944 140 5 135
1945 146 5 141
1946 190 8 182
1947 201 14 187
1948 212 9 203
1949 231 13 218
1950 277 9 268
1951 287 15 272
1952 345 23 322
1953 355 19 336
1954 367 15 352
1955 359 10 349
1956 404 13 391
1957 339 11 328
1958 442 17 425
1959 606 23 583
1960 678 18 660
1961 624 19 605
1962 664 14 650
1963 716 43 673
1964 741 31 710
1965 767 37 730
1966 997 107 890
1967 1,428 104 1,324
1968 1,894 113 1,781
1969 2,341 148 2,193
1970 2,823 195 2,628
1971 2,855 210 2,645
1972 3,161 199 2,962 #96 boy name
1973 2,920 222 2,698 #97 boy name
1974 2,746 258 2,488
1975 2,660 197 2,463
1976 2,439 171 2,268
1977 2,455 159 2,296
1978 2,385 173 2,212
1979 2,487 218 2,269
1980 2,671 358 2,313
1981 2,649 416 2,233
1982 3,012 439 2,573
1983 2,780 364 2,416
1984 3,179 457 2,722
1985 3,453 538 2,915
1986 3,753 547 3,206 #89 boy name
1987 3,906 583 3,323 #90 boy name
1988 4,540 612 3,928 #86 boy name
1989 5,380 761 4,619 #78 boy name
1990 7,638 863 6,775 #60 boy name
1991 10,375 936 9,439 #48 boy name
1992 12,940 987 11,953 #35 boy name
1993 12,763 876 11,887 #35 boy name
1994 12,754 770 11,984 #35 boy name
1995 14,546 737 13,809 #28 boy name
1996 16,543 720 15,823 #24 boy name
1997 15,681 623 15,058 #25 boy name
1998 15,037 528 14,509 #26 boy name
1999 15,255 478 14,777 #25 boy name
2000 16,506 452 16,054 #22 boy name
2001 15,851 400 15,451 #24 boy name
2002 14,900 310 14,590 #24 boy name
2003 14,193 299 13,894 #25 boy name
2004 14,216 304 13,912 #24 boy name
2005 14,419 218 14,201 #22 boy name
2006 14,710 240 14,470 #21 boy name
2007 14,267 217 14,050 #22 boy name
2008 13,251 197 13,054 #23 boy name
2009 12,825 188 12,637 #23 boy name
2010 11,247 157 11,090 #29 boy name
2011 10,472 165 10,307 #30 boy name
2012 9,749 140 9,609 #33 boy name
2013 9,450 134 9,316 #35 boy name
2014 8,573 133 8,440 #42 boy name
2015 8,292 124 8,168 #43 boy name
2016 7,685 101 7,584 #46 boy name

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Popularity of Christian as a first name

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Popularity of Christian as a last name

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Common last names for Christian

  • Jensen
  • Hansen
  • Nielsen
  • Christensen
  • Miller
  • Petersen
  • Larsen
  • Johnson
  • Schmidt
  • Smith
  • Andersen
  • Nelson
  • Christiansen
  • Peterson
  • Olsen
  • Sorensen
  • Rasmussen
  • Meyer
  • Pedersen

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Christian U.S.
  White 66.41% 64.26%
  African American 24.57% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.33% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.59% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.49% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.62% 16.26%

Of Last Name Christian

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

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Fun Facts about the name Christian

  • How Popular is the name Christian? Christian is the 153rd most popular name of all time. In 2016 Christian was the 46th most popular name. As a last name Christian was the 626th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Christian have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 427,182 babies born with the first name Christian in the United States. That's more than enough people named Christian to occupy the country of Brunei with an estimated population of 422,700 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Christian? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 43 new born babies.
  • When was Christian first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Christian is Wednesday, July 17th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Christian born? The highest recorded use of the first name Christian was in 2000 with a total of 16,054 babies. That's a lot of babies named Christian!
  • Random Christian Factoid: According to the 2007 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Christian ranks 20th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maryland. Imagine that, 278 babies in Maryland have the same name as you in 2007.
  • Weird things about the name Christian: Your name in reverse order is Naitsirhc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sirctnhai. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Christian? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 54,198 people with the last name Christian.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Christian? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 18 of them will have Christian as their last name.

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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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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