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Girl Name: Christian

Name: Christian
Pronunciation: \ch-ris-tian, chr(i)-stian\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl (Christian's also a boy name)
Meaning: follower of Christ
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Christen
Sounds Like: Christiann, Christia
Variant forms: Chris, Christiaan, Christiana, Christiane, Christianna, Christianne, Christina, Chrystian, Cristian, Cristiana, Cristianna, Cristianne, Karsten, Khristian, Kristian, Kristien, Kristienne
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 903
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 564

Description

Christian \ch-ris-tian, chr(i)-stian\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Christian), is pronounced KRIS-t'-ynn. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Christian is "follower of Christ". From Latin Christianus. Christ is from Greek Khristos, a translation of the Hebrew term "Messiah", meaning "anointed". Christian and Christiana were used for women in medieval times, but by the 18th century, Christina was the more common form. Spanish and Italian forms begin with Cr-.

Christian has 17 variant forms: Chris, Christiaan, Christiana, Christiane, Christianna, Christianne, Christina, Chrystian, Cristian, Cristiana, Cristianna, Cristianne, Karsten, Khristian, Kristian, Kristien and Kristienne.

For more information, see also the related name Christen.

Baby names that sound like Christian are Christiann and Christia.

View a list of the 55 names that reference Christian.

Popularity

Christian is a very popular first name for women (#903 out of 4276) 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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