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Origin: Greek
Meaning: Christ-Bearer

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Christopher

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Christopher in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Christopher:

  • Records indicate that 1,978,249 boys in the United States have been named Christopher since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1984, when 60,040 people in the U.S. were given the name Christopher. Those people are now 36 years old.

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    Comments about the name Christopher

    88% Approval Rating
    Based on the comments submitted below
      30 Positive Comments

  • "This is my sons name. I always call him Christopher but my two daughters call him Kitba because the older one couldn't say his name as a child." Nov. 18, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I used to go by "Chris" but in my early 20's, I wanted to be called "Christopher." The longer, three-syllable version sounds more dignified. Many people still prefer to call me "Chris." It doesn't bother me, as I am very tolerant and understand that people like short, one-syllable names." Dec. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My youngest son is named Christopher after his deceased uncle. He is a kind, loving child. I call him by his full name Christopher. Everyone else calls him Chris. He writes Chris on school work, & everything else. I have a cousin named Christopher. We call him pher. A friend spells her sons name Kristopher." Oct. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is christopher, im smart, good-looking, and have a big heart. yeah, i'm awesome." May. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Oldest son's name is Christopher. I always call him by his full first name. All of his friends, teachers, cousins, etc., call him Chris but I just can't get used to that. He will always be Christopher to me! He is the kindest most thoughtful kid I know. He starts college in January 2010~!" Sep. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is christopher michael and i just had a son a couple of months ago and he's a jr my mom wanted me to be called christopher but i went to school and had 3 christohper's n class and 4 @ the house i was friend's with so we called each other by our last names and over the year's she just called me chris now she has her grandson she can call christopher and thats what i want everyone to call him i think alot of people like the name." May. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • ""The bearer of Christ is the name's origin. The one's that carry this name are usually very kind and helpful as well as heart felt. My hat's off to those who bear this name..." Nov. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my husband's name. I too call him Christopher even though everyone else calls him Chris. Sometimes when we are joking around and I call him Christopher he will call me "Michelle-ipher". He's a super sweet man, so gentle and kind. I am so lucky to have found him." Aug. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "One of our family friends is called Christopher. I like it, we call him Chris all the time. Only his parents call him Christopher. At school, his reports say Chris. I think it's a good nickname for a good name." Jul. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my oldest son Christopher. We call him Chris. I am sorry that I didn't go with the original name I had picked out, Kristopher (like in Kris Kristofferson). I changed my mind at the last minute because my mother insisted that Kris was a girl's name she feared it would cause him problems in school. Looking back, I know he would have done just fine with the name and he would have liked the unique version instead of the common one." Jun. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my husband's name. I like it, I really dislike the short form of Chris though. I always call him Christopher even though he likes Chris better hehe" Feb. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Aww... My boyfriend's name is Christopher. Everyone calls him Chris for short. I call him Christopher Robin." Feb. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name, I think it sounds beautiful. we have a "Christopher Michael". He was born near Christmas which ties in with "Christopher" nicely. We call him Christopher or Tippy." Dec. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love the name. I know this guy named chris, he was in my US history class this year. I personally do not know him, but I like how the name sounds." Jun. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the's been around a while like Larry and Harry...but it doesn't have the "Old man's" stereotype to it. I like Chris better than Christopher since Christopher is so serious-sounding. Sometimes I call my husband 'topher' instead of Chris which annoys him. :P" Mar. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name. People have been calling me it for years. Not sure why because my name is Seth, but I don't complain." Feb. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "because It is a very nice name. I t is a long name though" Sep. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Name my son Christopher and have always loved the name." Aug. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "The guy I fancy is called Chris. He has a dog called Clay!" May. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name! it has a professional sound to it but it is also a very warm feeling" Apr. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name Christopher - but most people call me "Chris", and that's better. I don't like nicknames like "Chris-to-fee-Mick-Bro-Fee" - that gets pretty annoying." Mar. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Christopher, and I love my name because it's a name with a deep meaning. The only down side was that, growing up in the 80's, I always had one or more classmates with the same name." Mar. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its my my Name and Like more so when it's been pronounced as Chris it makes me feel good and real man of Christ" Mar. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "love the name my little boy name is Christopher, but I like to call him Cristobal spanish for Christopher" Jan. 31, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really like the's my husband's name and soon to be our first baby's name." Jan. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband is called Christopher. I really like the name it's easy to spell and pronounce" Jan. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a boyfriend named Christofer. I love his name" Dec. 19, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Christopher because its a strong name. People know how to spell it. But he is a Christopher not a Chris." Nov. 23, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really like his name it rolls when you say it. Chris-toph-er. It's kinda common." Jul. 29, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is a really good name. Not hard at all to pronounce and I love callng him Chris" Jun. 11, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      4 Negative Comments

  • "my name is chris and im black. i dnt like this name at all. i want to change it to tyrone, its more black and original" Feb. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "This name is used WAY too much! I know that you parents like names that everybody can pronouce and spell and you also like to name your children after relatives. But please, don't pick this worn-out name!" Jul. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i think it is a stupid name and the name johnny is better" Jan. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It was a good name... but I had the pleasure of being named this in 1979... My Entire Life I've been known as Chris S... Now people just call me Stan, or stanton.. which is my last name. Even Christopher Stanton isn't unique. Go ahead and google it and you'll see all sorts of us." Jan. 5, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      21 Neutral Comments

  • "This is my middle name. I sometimes wish it were my first name, because it sounds so strong. But yes, it is very common. Lots of other languages have their own version of "Christopher", but the English name seems universally appealing." Mar. 26, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my bf's name and it suits him but it's Gettin a bit old fashioned now." Jan. 2, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my boyfriend name;s is Christopher, and he is a goodlooking, very kind, care, and know every thing about me to make me smule" Nov. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My cousin's name is Christopher.. everyone calls him Chris. I don't really like my cousin Chris but that doesn't affect my choice of wheather I like it or not. I love this name. I wouldn't name my son that but only because it would be weird having a son named after my cousin. ~Kaley" May. 17, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name IS Christopher and it's AWESOME! I have a girlfriend with this name! Sorry, I'm just 10." Dec. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Christopher. A lot of people call me Chris, but i prefer Christopher. This name is awsome" Nov. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is Christopher Jr after his dad it is a very common I knew that but thats fine he named after his dad" Aug. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my boyfriends name. He hates how common it is, especially as his middle and last name are also very common. He can never get his name when signing up for things as it is always taken, regardless of how he tries to arrange it. I have 7 Chris' saved into my phone. I'm the only one that calls him Christopher, and sometimes I drop the 't'." Jul. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son was named after Christopher Lee, but as a boy, he was known as Fer-lee and now as a 32-year old nearly 7ft tall goth, he is simply known as Fer. We always have to explain that it's the END of Christopher!" Jan. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I call my boyfriend Christopher Robin too, also Chris P. (Crispy)" May. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "yeah this is my name. im called chris for short, i like it that way. its also my dad's name. put 2 and 2 a junior. the only problem w/ this name is that on school rosters is that its too long, they always leave the "R" out and substitutes pronounce my name christophe like a Russian name." Mar. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Happy enough with my name, Christopher, although it is not particularly unique. Then again, neither am I." Nov. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was growing up in the 80's there were always 4 or 5 other kids named "Christopher" in my class. At least now I can see why!" Aug. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Christopher at 11 letters is the longest name you can fit in alot of addressing software packages. For one bank card I have, it's been truncated to "Christophe" because they only allow 10 letters on the card. I only get called Christopher if I've done something wrong, and then only by women, my mum, my girlfriend, and my girlfriends mum. Everyone else calls me Chris." Nov. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i never thought that my name derived from christ itself, sorry guys im an agnostic!" Oct. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really love this name a lot. Both Chris and Christopher sound very sophisticated." Jun. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like this name, well, because it's mine ;) It's a cool name, it can be formal as in "Christopher" or shortened to "Chris" informally. And there's a million variants of it too." Jun. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Christopher, commonly shortened to Chris, which I find slightly aggravating because my last name starts with an S, so its hard for someone to say Chris SXXXXXXX because the S's muddle together." May. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "You losers, stop living through other people's names, embrace your own. Suck it" May. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Christopher, and I was born in 1981, at the peak of the Name. Sometimes I feel very common and borning about my name. Then, I think about what it means, "Christ-Bearer", and that definitely makes it a little more pallatable. I think there are worse people to be named after." May. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "when i was in kindergarden people used to sorta say it like chrisperfer" Mar. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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