Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Cristiano

Cristiano is the Italian and Portuguese form of Christian, from the Latin “Christianus” meaning “follower of Christ”. The Latin language borrowed the word from the Greek “Khristos” (meaning “anointed”). When the Hebrew Bible was translated into a common form of the ancient Greek language a couple of centuries before Christ, the word “Khristos” was used in place of the Hebrew “Mashiah” (“the anointed”) in reference to the coming of a deliverer of the Jewish nation (i.e., the Messiah). Of course, Christians believe that this expected deliverer came in the form of Jesus Christ the Savior. In Olde English, Jesus was more commonly ascribed the title “hæland” (the healer) until the Latin Christus replaced it. According to Acts 11:26, the term “Christian” was first coined by the people of Antioch (present day Turkey) after Barnabas and Saul went there to spread the word to “…a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.” A Christian is, quite obviously, a follower of Christ. As a given name, Christian dates back to the Middle Ages and, while it was gender-neutral, it was actually more common for girls. Gender-specific versions of the name eventually developed which is how we arrive at the following masculine forms: Chris, Christian, Christopher (English), Kristian (Scandinavian), Cristián (Spanish), and of course Cristiano is the version used among Italians and Portuguese.

All About the Baby Name – Cristiano

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME CRISTIANO

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME CRISTIANO

Cristiano is quite new to the U.S. male naming charts. It just appeared for the first time ever in 2011. This is obviously in reaction to a growing interest in and fondness of Italian baby boy names. Clearly we’re seeing a trend here in some U.S. parental circles. Giovanni, Leonardo, Matteo, Orlando, Dante, Giancarlo, and many others are driving this chic naming style. And who doesn’t understand the appeal of Italian names loaded with romantic flair? Cristiano is so new to the American charts it’s too soon to assess his staying power, but if this trend continues – and likely it will – we see Cristiano’s usage improving over time. He adds a little more pizzazz to the age-old Christian or Christopher. The name’s usage may have also been influenced by the massively popular Portuguese footballer (soccer player), Cristiano Ronaldo.

Quick Facts

ON CRISTIANO

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Greek

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

947

PRONUNCIATION:

kree-STYAH-no

SIMPLE MEANING:

Follower of Christ, annointed

Characteristics

OF CRISTIANO

Multi-talented

Intuitive

Oneness

Idealistic

Philanthropy

Independent

Perfection

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Cristiano

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME CRISTIANO

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Cristiano

Popular Songs

ON CRISTIANO

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Cristiano


Famous People

NAMED CRISTIANO

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portuguese footballer)
Cristiano da Matta (Brazilian race car driver)
Cristiano Caratti (Italian tennis player)
Cristiano Lucarelli (Italian footballer/coach)
Cristiano Marques Gomes (Brazilian footballer)
Cristiano Cordeiro (Brazilian-Chinese footballer)
Cristiano Doni (Italian footballer)
Cristiano dos Santos Rodrigues (Brazilian footballer)

Children of Famous People

NAMED CRISTIANO

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Cristiano

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME CRISTIANO

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Cristiano