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Boy Name: Christian

Name: Christian
Pronunciation: \ch-ris-tian, chr(i)-stian\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy (Christian's also a girl name)
Meaning: follower of Christ
Origin: Latin
Sounds Like: Chrystian
Variant forms: Chrestien, Chretien, Chris, Christan, Christer, Christiano, Christie, Christo, Christos, Christy, Cristian, Cristen, Cristian, Cristiano, Cristino, Criston, Cristos, Cristy, Kit, Kris, Krister, Kristian, Kristo, Krystian, Krystiano
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 236
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 564

Description

Christian \ch-ris-tian, chr(i)-stian\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Christian), is pronounced KRIS-chen. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Christian is "follower of Christ". From Latin Christianus, a girl's name in the Middle Ages that became used as a male name, possibly due to the success of John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" (1684), whose hero is called Christian. The name of Christ is from Greek Khristos which is translated from the Hebrew term for "Messiah", meaning "anointed". The Cr- spellings are Spanish forms. In Denmark the name has been borne by ten kings since the 15th century. A famous bearer was the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875). Actor Christian Slater; French fashion designers Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix; Dr. Christiaan Barnard.

Christian has 25 variant forms: Chrestien, Chretien, Chris, Christan, Christer, Christiano, Christie, Christo, Christos, Christy, Cristian, Cristen, Cristian, Cristiano, Cristino, Criston, Cristos, Cristy, Kit, Kris, Krister, Kristian, Kristo, Krystian and Krystiano.

A baby name that sounds like Christian is Chrystian.

View a list of the 42 names that reference Christian.

Popularity

Christian is a very popular first name for men (#236 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#564 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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