Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Christopher

The traditional English spelling of Christopher comes from the Greek "Khristophoros" which, broken down into each Greek element, means Christ (Khristos) and "to bear" (pherein). Christopher essentially means “bearer of Christ”. The name was always popular among early Christians who literally translated the name to mean “bearing Christ in their hearts”. The name was also revered in the name of Saint Christopher, a 3rd century saint around whom several medieval legends were developed. According to some traditions, Christopher was a Roman citizen who lived during the period of Christian persecutions. It was said he was a man of great height and strength. After finding Christ, Christopher served the Lord by helping people cross a dangerous river (where many people were dying in their attempts). One day a small child asked to be carried across the river, and so Christopher hoisted the tot on his back and proceeded. As he got half way over, the river began to rise and the child became intensely heavy. So heavy it was said that he carried the weight of humankind upon him! When the duo made it to the other side of the river safely, Christopher questioned the child. The child revealed himself “I am Christ your king, whom you are serving by this work.” This is how St. Christopher became the patron saint to travelers and is especially invoked during rough journeys involving inclement weather. Christopher became very popular in England just after the Middle Ages (around the 15th century) and it was likewise popular in Scandinavian countries (where it’s usually rendered as Kristoffer). The Italian-born explorer Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) is one of the most famous name bearers (although his name in his native Italian was Cristoforo). The Spanish use Cristóbal, the French Christophe and the Germans spell it Christoph.

All About the Baby Name – Christopher

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME CHRISTOPHER

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME CHRISTOPHER

Christopher has pretty much always enjoyed successful circulation as a baby boy’s name in the United States. In the first half of the 20th century, Christopher was a moderate favorite (generally a Top 300 choice). However, mid-century is when this name finally hit the Top 100 list (1949). Not content to stop there, Christopher soared up to the Top 10 in the late 1960s. The 1970s, 80s and 90s were good to Christopher, but he really dominated the 1980s. Ranked in at position #2 for 16 consecutive years (1979-1994), Michael was the only masculine name more popular nationwide. Sweet Christopher has lost a little footing as we’ve entered the 21st century (recently he fell off the Top 20 list), but he’s still a crowd-pleaser. The name's popularity in America owes much to its inherent Christian meaning (bearer of Christ), but also due to its flexibility in terms of spelling variations and nicknames (Chris, Kip, Topher).

Quick Facts

ON CHRISTOPHER

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

26

PRONUNCIATION:

KRIS-tə-fər

SIMPLE MEANING:

Christ-bearer

Characteristics

OF CHRISTOPHER

Dependable

Solid

Practical

Hard-working

Industrious

Studious

Conservative

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Christopher

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME CHRISTOPHER

Christopher Robin is the main character in A. A. Milne’s popular series of books about Winnie-the-Pooh, which were also adapted to films, radio, television, cartoons and toys, most notably by the Disney Corporation. Christopher is the young boy who “owns” Winnie-the-Pooh, and who is friends with all the other delightful creatures, such as Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger. Christopher, of course, is based upon A. A. Milne’s own son, Christopher Robin Milne, who cheerily adapted to his fame while a young tad. Upon going off to boarding school, however, he grew less enamored of his special status when his schoolmates taunted him with: "Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares! Christopher Robin is saying his prayers." Well, who can blame him!? Nonetheless, young Christopher’s embarrassment notwithstanding, his namesake has provided years and years of entertainment for children and adults alike. Long live Christopher Robin!

Childrens Books

ON THE BABY NAME CHRISTOPHER

We cannot find any childrens books with the first name Christopher


Popular Songs

ON CHRISTOPHER

The Moon and St. Christopher
by Mary Chapin Carpenter

Hang on St. Christopher
a song by Rod Stewart

St. Christopher's Lullabye
a song by Gary Jules

To Mama from Christopher and the Old Man
by Stephen Stills

Hang on St. Christopher (Rod Stewart)
A song on his "A Spanner in the Works" album.

Hang on St. Christopher (Tom Waits)
A song from his "Frank's Wild Years" album

St. Christopher's Lullabye (Gary Jules)
A song from his "Greetings from the Side" album.

The Moon and St. Christopher (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
A song from her "Shooting Straight in the Dark" album.

To Mama from Christopher and the Old Man (Stephen Stills)
A song from his "Stills" album.

Famous People

NAMED CHRISTOPHER

Christopher Reeve (actor)
Christopher Guest (comedian/actor)
Christopher Lloyd (actor)
Christopher Reeve (actor)
Christopher Guest (comedian/actor)
Christopher Lloyd (actor)
St. Christopher (legendary saint)
Christopher Columbus (explorer)
Christopher “Kit” Carson (American pioneer)
Christopher Reeve (actor)
Christopher Guest (comedian/actor)
Christopher Lloyd (actor)

Children of Famous People

NAMED CHRISTOPHER

Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr;

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME CHRISTOPHER

Kit Carson is one of the best known characters in the pantheon of the American Old West. He was born in the Missouri Territory and apprenticed at a young age to a saddle-maker, but this was not the life for Kit. At the age of fourteen he ran off and started his extraordinary life with fur-trapping. As such, he mingled with Native American tribes and married first, an Arapaho woman and after her death, a Cheyenne. Although he could neither read nor write (except to sign his name) Kit was proficient in Spanish, French, and several Native American languages. His teaming up with John C. Fremont was serendipitous – he worked as a guide for Fremont and during their long association, Kit Carson was present on expeditions into the Sierra Nevada and the Oregon Trail, and took part in California’s Bear Flag rebellion. The tales of these exploits made Kit the subject of dime novels during his lifetime; his popularity only grew wider after his death. Kit Carson worked as a federal Indian Agent and while he advocated for the reservation system, it is generally believed that he did so in the spirit of trying to protect the native people from the growing hostility on the part of white settlers. Nonetheless, he was one of those responsible for the relocation of thousands of Navajo to a reservation in New Mexico, an episode that became known as the Long Walk, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds. After serving in the Union Army during the Civil War, Kit Carson retired to the life of a rancher in Colorado. In 1868 he traveled to Washington D. C. in order to plead for assistance on behalf of the Ute tribe. Certainly a man of his times, and manifesting the overriding sense of superiority of the white man, Carson still appears to have been closer than many to our somewhat more enlightened times.

Saint Christopher is best known as the patron saint of travelers; you may notice that many people carry a relic of him in their cars or when they fly. Christopher lived in the 3rd century A.D. and lived during the Christian persecutions by the Roman Emperor of the time. Legend tells of Christopher carrying a small child across a dangerous river. The crossing becomes difficult due to the extreme weight of the child. This child turns out to be Christ who tells Christopher that he is serving the Lord through his work. Since Christopher safely brings Christ across the swollen river despite "the whole weight of the world and Him who made it" upon his shoulders - he is known to assure the safety of travelers.

Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 in Italy to the son of a weaver. He took to sea as a teenager on trading voyages in the Mediterranean. His first voyage on the Atlantic Ocean at age 25 almost resulted in his death after an attack. The ship was sunk and he was forced to swim to Portugal where he settled. Later, his ships and money were provided by Spain and in 1492 he sailed across the Atlantic into the "new world." While looking for sea passage to India, his goals were twofold: open trade routes and spread the word of Christianity. He sailed with the three famous ships: Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria and eventually made landfall somewhere near the Bahamas which was the closest he came to the mainland North America. He became revered as the "Admiral of the Ocean Seas" and a great explorer.

Saint Christopher is best known as the patron saint of travelers; you may notice that many people carry a relic of him in their cars or when they fly. Christopher lived in the 3rd century A.D. and lived during the Christian persecutions by the Roman Emperor of the time. Legend tells of Christopher carrying a small child across a dangerous river. The crossing becomes difficult due to the extreme weight of the child. This child turns out to be Christ who tells Christopher that he is serving the Lord through his work. Since Christopher safely brings Christ across the swollen river despite "the whole weight of the world and Him who made it" upon his shoulders - he is known to assure the safety of travelers.

Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 in Italy to the son of a weaver. He took to sea as a teenager on trading voyages in the Mediterranean. His first voyage on the Atlantic Ocean at age 25 almost resulted in his death after an attack. The ship was sunk and he was forced to swim to Portugal where he settled. Later, his ships and money were provided by Spain and in 1492 he sailed across the Atlantic into the "new world." While looking for sea passage to India, his goals were twofold: open trade routes and spread the word of Christianity. He sailed with the three famous ships: Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria and eventually made landfall somewhere near the Bahamas which was the closest he came to the mainland North America. He became revered as the "Admiral of the Ocean Seas" and a great explorer.

Kit Carson is one of the best known characters in the pantheon of the American Old West. He was born in the Missouri Territory and apprenticed at a young age to a saddle-maker, but this was not the life for Kit. At the age of fourteen he ran off and started his extraordinary life with fur-trapping. As such, he mingled with Native American tribes and married first, an Arapaho woman and after her death, a Cheyenne. Although he could neither read nor write (except to sign his name) Kit was proficient in Spanish, French, and several Native American languages. His teaming up with John C. Fremont was serendipitous – he worked as a guide for Fremont and during their long association, Kit Carson was present on expeditions into the Sierra Nevada and the Oregon Trail, and took part in California’s Bear Flag rebellion. The tales of these exploits made Kit the subject of dime novels during his lifetime; his popularity only grew wider after his death. Kit Carson worked as a federal Indian Agent and while he advocated for the reservation system, it is generally believed that he did so in the spirit of trying to protect the native people from the growing hostility on the part of white settlers. Nonetheless, he was one of those responsible for the relocation of thousands of Navajo to a reservation in New Mexico, an episode that became known as the Long Walk, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds. After serving in the Union Army during the Civil War, Kit Carson retired to the life of a rancher in Colorado. In 1868 he traveled to Washington D. C. in order to plead for assistance on behalf of the Ute tribe. Certainly a man of his times, and manifesting the overriding sense of superiority of the white man, Carson still appears to have been closer than many to our somewhat more enlightened times.

Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 in Italy to the son of a weaver. He took to sea as a teenager on trading voyages in the Mediterranean. His first voyage on the Atlantic Ocean at age 25 almost resulted in his death after an attack. The ship was sunk and he was forced to swim to Portugal where he settled. Later, his ships and money were provided by Spain and in 1492 he sailed across the Atlantic into the "new world." While looking for sea passage to India, his goals were twofold: open trade routes and spread the word of Christianity. He sailed with the three famous ships: Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria and eventually made landfall somewhere near the Bahamas which was the closest he came to the mainland North America. He became revered as the "Admiral of the Ocean Seas" and a great explorer.

Saint Christopher is best known as the patron saint of travelers; you may notice that many people carry a relic of him in their cars or when they fly. Christopher lived in the 3rd century A.D. and lived during the Christian persecutions by the Roman Emperor of the time. Legend tells of Christopher carrying a small child across a dangerous river. The crossing becomes difficult due to the extreme weight of the child. This child turns out to be Christ who tells Christopher that he is serving the Lord through his work. Since Christopher safely brings Christ across the swollen river despite "the whole weight of the world and Him who made it" upon his shoulders - he is known to assure the safety of travelers.