Quick Facts on Christian
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Follower of Christ, anointed
Characteristics of Christian
- Highly Intuitive
- Spiritual Teacher
- Extremely Bright
Etymology & Historical Origin - Christian
The name Christian comes from the Latin word “Christianus” which means, not surprisingly, ‘follower of Christ.’ The Greek name, “Khristos” is a translation of the Hebrew term “Messiah,” meaning ‘anointed.’ The name Christian as a given name has been in use since the Middle Ages, although more typically for girls than boys.
Popularity of the Name Christian
The name Christian has seen most of its popularity in the United States from the 1970’s onward. While considered a unisex name, it is much more readily bestowed upon boys than girls in the United States. Christian has been a name on the charts for over a century. For girls, the name Christian doesn’t start to come into use until the mid-1960’s and even then it never really gains significant popularity. Girls are typically given other more feminine variations of the name (e.g., Christine, Kristin, etc.). Christian also seems to be gaining ground on Christopher in the past couple of decades, perhaps owing to its quicker two-syllable sound. And when it comes to declaring one’s faith, you can’t get much better than this. For boys, the name can be shortened to Chris or Krish, adding flexibility.
Popularity of the Unisex Name Christian
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Christian
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Christian
Christian (Pilgrim's Progress) Christian is the central character in John Bunyan’s 1678 novel, “Pilgrim’s Progress.” He is the hero of the pilgrimage and he is defined by his faith and search for salvation (hence his name). The novel is an allegory of a Christian’s search for religious truth, and the character “Christian” provides that symbolism. His spiritual journey from the “City of Destruction” to the “Celestial City” brings him to such places as “Vanity Fair” and the “Valley of the Shadow of Death.” Christian’s sense of urgency toward his goal of salvation far outweighs any of his earthy concerns.
Popular Songs on Christian
Christian Island - a song by Gordon Lightfoot
Christian's Inferno - a song by Green Day
Good Christian Kings - a song by Joan Baez
Good Christian Soldier - a song by Kris Kristofferson
Sister Christian - a song by Night Ranger
The Christian - a song by Jimmy Buffett
The Christian Life - a song by The Byrds
Children's Books on the Baby Name Christian
Christian - We could not find any childrens books featuring the name Christian.
Famous People Named Christian
Famous People Named Christian - Christian Slater (actor); Christian Bale (actor); Christian Dior (designer); Christian Louboutin (designer)
Children of Famous People Named Christian
Famous People who Named their Child Christian - Bjorn (musician); Bridgette Wilson (actress); Dick Van Dyke (actor); Eddie Murphy (comic/actor); Marlon Brando (actor); Mel Gibson (actor); Pete Sampras (tennis player); Roger Moore (actor)
Christian - Unisex Baby Name - Historic Figures
Hans Christian Anderson (2 Apr1805 - 4 Aug 1875) - Considered a National Treasure in Denmark, Hans Christian Anderson wrote some of the best loved children's stories of all time. Published in over 150 languages, you'd be hard pressed to find a child in this world who hasn't been delighted by one of his famous works which include "The Little Mermaid," "The Ugly Duckling" and "Thumbelina."
Personality of the Unisex Name Christian
The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.
Variations of the Baby Name - Christian