Christopher

First Name
2.0m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
29k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Christopher

"Christopher" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Christ-bearer". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Christian martyr and patron saint of travellers (3rd century)
Wiktionary

From Ancient Greek Χριστόφορος (Khristóphoros, “Christ-bearing”). The meaning of the name suggested the legend of St. Christopher carrying the Christ child across water.

  1. A male given name.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

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

Notable Persons Named Christopher

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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Christopher Columbus was a list of maritime explorers and maritime explorer. He holds the title Admiral of the Ocean Sea; Viceroy, Governor of the Indies, and Admiralof theOcean Sea;Viceroyand Governor of the Indies. Christopher was born in 1451 in Genoa. He died on May 20th, 1506.

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Frank Ocean is a contemporary r&b musician. He holds the title Voodoo". He has been prominent since 2007. Frank was given the name Christopher Edwin Breaux on October 28th, 1987 in Long Beach, California, United States. Frank is also known as Ocean, Christopher Francis (birth name); Breaux, Christopher; Breaux, and Lonny.

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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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Christopher Nolan is a filmmaking and filmmaker. His most notable accomplishments were from 1989 to present. Christopher was given the name Christopher Edward Nolan on July 30th, 1970 in London.

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Kit Harington is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2008. Kit was given the name Christopher Catesby Harington on December 26th, 1986 in London. Kit is also known as Christopher Harington.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Christopher

William Christopher is an actor. His career lasted from 1965 to 2012. William was born on October 20th, 1932 in Evanston, Illinois, U.S.

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Joseph was born on July 26th, 1955 in New York. He passed away on March 1st, 1993.

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Saint Christopher was a saint. He holds the title Martyr. Saint was born in Canaan or Marmarica. He passed away in 251.

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Dennis Christopher is an actor. He was most prominent from 1967 to present. Dennis was given the name Dennis Carrelli on December 2nd, 1958 in Philadelphia.

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Warren Christopher was a United States Secretary of State, United States Deputy Secretary of State, and United States Deputy Attorney General. His military service ended in 1946. Warren was born on October 27th, 1925 in Scranton, North Dakota, U.S. He passed away on March 18th, 2011.

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Brian Christopher is a wrestler. Brian was born on January 10th, 1972 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 95 0 95
1881 68 0 68
1882 89 0 89
1883 89 0 89
1884 68 0 68
1885 71 0 71
1886 66 0 66
1887 56 0 56
1888 79 0 79
1889 71 0 71
1890 66 0 66
1891 62 0 62
1892 100 0 100
1893 93 0 93
1894 72 0 72
1895 60 0 60
1896 73 0 73
1897 57 0 57
1898 43 0 43
1899 42 0 42
1900 55 0 55
1901 34 0 34
1902 47 0 47
1903 50 0 50
1904 43 0 43
1905 50 0 50
1906 49 0 49
1907 52 0 52
1908 54 0 54
1909 50 0 50
1910 70 0 70
1911 83 0 83
1912 151 0 151
1913 157 0 157
1914 200 0 200
1915 242 0 242
1916 260 0 260
1917 263 0 263
1918 272 0 272
1919 263 0 263
1920 293 0 293
1921 291 0 291
1922 307 0 307
1923 295 0 295
1924 297 0 297
1925 286 0 286
1926 270 0 270
1927 286 0 286
1928 266 0 266
1929 274 0 274
1930 267 0 267
1931 237 0 237
1932 244 0 244
1933 208 0 208
1934 272 0 272
1935 269 0 269
1936 277 0 277
1937 294 0 294
1938 316 8 308
1939 364 5 359
1940 507 7 500
1941 626 7 619
1942 831 17 814
1943 903 15 888
1944 1,013 10 1,003
1945 1,166 27 1,139
1946 1,622 21 1,601
1947 2,302 30 2,272
1948 3,072 35 3,037
1949 4,031 30 4,001 #81 boy name
1950 4,870 31 4,839 #72 boy name
1951 5,769 41 5,728 #61 boy name
1952 6,303 16 6,287 #57 boy name
1953 6,084 24 6,060 #63 boy name
1954 6,105 31 6,074 #64 boy name
1955 7,929 28 7,901 #49 boy name
1956 8,406 32 8,374 #47 boy name
1957 9,004 40 8,964 #43 boy name
1958 11,116 39 11,077 #39 boy name
1959 12,945 40 12,905 #35 boy name
1960 15,418 52 15,366 #29 boy name
1961 17,291 62 17,229 #26 boy name
1962 17,597 69 17,528 #26 boy name
1963 18,430 67 18,363 #26 boy name
1964 19,703 60 19,643 #23 boy name
1965 24,730 83 24,647 #18 boy name
1966 27,985 105 27,880 #12 boy name
1967 29,559 130 29,429 #9 boy name
1968 31,612 132 31,480 #9 boy name
1969 35,878 173 35,705 #7 boy name
1970 42,008 218 41,790 #6 boy name
1971 48,516 270 48,246 #6 boy name
1972 52,440 250 52,190 #2 boy name
1973 48,598 275 48,323 #2 boy name
1974 48,904 288 48,616 #3 boy name
1975 46,896 302 46,594 #3 boy name
1976 45,492 276 45,216 #3 boy name
1977 47,029 278 46,751 #3 boy name
1978 47,555 298 47,257 #3 boy name
1979 50,994 314 50,680 #2 boy name
1980 49,404 313 49,091 #2 boy name
1981 50,519 291 50,228 #2 boy name
1982 59,657 430 59,227 #2 boy name
1983 59,758 419 59,339 #2 boy name
1984 60,415 392 60,023 #2 boy name
1985 60,013 415 59,598 #2 boy name
1986 57,089 409 56,680 #2 boy name
1987 54,862 378 54,484 #2 boy name
1988 53,345 354 52,991 #2 boy name
1989 53,419 242 53,177 #2 boy name
1990 52,519 188 52,331 #2 boy name
1991 47,256 158 47,098 #2 boy name
1992 42,593 131 42,462 #2 boy name
1993 38,338 111 38,227 #2 boy name
1994 34,902 103 34,799 #2 boy name
1995 32,776 104 32,672 #3 boy name
1996 30,976 74 30,902 #4 boy name
1997 29,162 59 29,103 #4 boy name
1998 27,055 54 27,001 #5 boy name
1999 25,666 65 25,601 #6 boy name
2000 24,978 50 24,928 #5 boy name
2001 23,160 40 23,120 #5 boy name
2002 21,706 29 21,677 #8 boy name
2003 20,787 42 20,745 #9 boy name
2004 19,721 97 19,624 #10 boy name
2005 19,211 47 19,164 #10 boy name
2006 19,711 39 19,672 #8 boy name
2007 20,030 25 20,005 #6 boy name
2008 17,978 39 17,939 #9 boy name
2009 16,368 23 16,345 #10 boy name
2010 14,274 11 14,263 #13 boy name
2011 13,005 17 12,988 #20 boy name
2012 11,905 19 11,886 #23 boy name
2013 10,855 15 10,840 #26 boy name
2014 10,352 16 10,336 #30 boy name
2015 9,803 15 9,788 #32 boy name
2016 9,033 13 9,020 #36 boy name

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Popularity of Christopher as a first name

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Popularity of Christopher as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Christopher U.S.
  White 73.71% 64.26%
  African American 18.90% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.27% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.50% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.17% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Christopher

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

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Fun Facts about the name Christopher

  • How Popular is the name Christopher? Christopher is the 12th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Christopher was the 36th most popular name. As a last name Christopher was the 1,214th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Christopher have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,023,318 babies born with the first name Christopher in the United States. That's more than enough people named Christopher to occupy the country of Gambia with an estimated population of 1,825,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Christopher? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 95 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Christopher born? The highest recorded use of the first name Christopher was in 1984 with a total of 60,023 babies. That's a lot of babies named Christopher!
  • Random Christopher Factoid: According to the 1971 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Christopher ranks 6th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, 2,674 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1971.
  • Weird things about the name Christopher: Your name in reverse order is Rehpotsirhc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ershtircpho. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Christopher? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 29,067 people with the last name Christopher.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Christopher? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Christopher 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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