Boy Baby Name

Christian

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Quick Facts on Christian

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 35
Pronunciation:
KRIS-chin
Simple meaning:
Follower of Christ, anointed

Characteristics of Christian

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Christian

Christian is a name that hardly needs explanation. The English borrowed it from the Latin “Christianus” meaning “follower of Christ”. The Latin language borrowed the word from the Greek “Khristos” (meaning “anointed”). When the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) was translated into a common form of the ancient Greek language a couple of centuries before Christ, the word “Khristos” was used in place of the Hebrew “Mashiah” (“the anointed”) in reference to the coming of a deliverer of the Jewish nation (i.e., the Messiah). Of course, Christians believe that this expected deliverer came in the form of Jesus Christ the Savior (Khristos being the anointed one by God). In Olde English, Jesus was more commonly referred to as “hæland” (the healer) until the Latin Christus replaced it. According to Acts 11:26, the term “Christian” was first coined by the people of Antioch (present day Turkey) after Barnabas and Saul went there to spread the word to “…a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.” As a given name, Christian dates back to the Middle Ages and, while it has always been considered gender-neutral, it was originally more common for girls. The reverse is true today. Christian can be found high on the charts of the United States, Italy, Denmark, Austria and Australia.

Popularity of the Name Christian

The name Christian has seen most of its popularity in the United States from the 1970s onward. While considered a unisex name, it is much more readily bestowed upon boys than girls in America (and has been for over a century). For girls, the name Christian didn’t start to show any real usage until the mid-1960s and even then it never really gained any significant circulation. Baby girls are typically given other feminine variations of the name (e.g., Christina, Christine, Kristin, etc.). For baby boys, Christian is gaining ground on Christopher, perhaps owing to its snappier two-syllable sound. And when it comes to declaring one’s faith, you can’t get much better than a name like Christian. We also find it apropos that Christian is the Master Number 11 in numerology - one which seeks spiritual truth. Nicknames include Chris and Crish.
Popularity of the Boy Name Christian
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Christian

  • Literary Characters of 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

    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

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Christian

    Christian - We could not find any children’s books featuring the name Christian.

  • Famous People Named 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

    Children of Famous People Named Christian

    Famous People Who Named Their Son 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)

  • Historic Figures

    Christian - Boy 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 not 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 Boy 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

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