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Christopher is a traditionally masculine name with origins in Greek; the Greek name Χριστόφορος (Christóforos) means 'Christ bearer' or 'Christ within.' In the Bible legend, St. Christopher carried the Christ child across a river; he is also the patron saint of travelers.

Christopher appears in Shakespeare's 'King Richard III' as Christopher Urswick, a priest, as well as in 'The Taming of the Shrew' as Christopher Sly, a tinker. Other notable Christophers include journalist Christopher Morley, director Chris Columbus and actors Christopher Walken, Christopher Plummer, Chris Kattan, Chris Elliot, Chris Cooper, Chris Klein, Chris O'Donnell, Chris O'Dowd, Chris Noth, and of course the 'Hollywood Chrises' Christ Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Evans — and let's not forget the invaluable yet underappreciated Chris Medina.

Christopher is also a beloved name for literary characters, such as Winnie the Pooh's pal Christopher Robin, or the protagonist in Mark Haddon's popular novel-turned-musical, 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time."

Popularity-wise, Christopher is an old name that has long been used but really started taking off in the U.S. in the 1960s. It peaked in 1972 and again in 1984 when it reached its all-time high. It started to decline then for decades, but leveled off a bit in the 2010s as plenty of parents are still adding Christophers to their families.

Christopher in quotes:

“Mother used to say it meant Christopher was a nice name because it was a story about being kind and helpful, but I do not want my name to mean a story about being kind and helpful. I want my name to mean me.” ― Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

"There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way." — Christopher Morley


English Baby Names Meaning:

In English Baby Names the meaning of the name Christopher is: He who holds Christ in his heart. Famous Bearers: actors Christopher Plummer and Christopher Walken; explorer Christopher Columbus.

Greek Baby Names Meaning:

In Greek Baby Names the meaning of the name Christopher is: From the Greek word meaning carrier of Christ, Famous bearer: St Christopher, patron Saint of travellers, is believed to have carried the Christ-child across a river.

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