Quick Facts on Cristofer
- American, Greek
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Bearer of Christ
Characteristics of Cristofer
Etymology & Historical Origin - Cristofer
Cristofer is a minimalistic Americanized respelling of Christopher. The traditional English spelling of Christopher comes from the Greek "Khristophoros" which, broken down into each Greek element, means Christ (Khristos) and "to bear" (pherein). Christopher basically means “bearer of Christ”. The name became popularized among early Christians who literally translated Christopher to mean “bearing Christ in my heart”. Inspiration behind the name’s usage is also owed to Saint Christopher, a 3rd century saint around whom several medieval legends were developed. According to some traditions, Christopher was a Roman citizen who lived during the period of Christian persecutions; he was a man of great height and strength. After finding Christ, Christopher served the Lord by helping people cross a dangerous river (where many people were drowning in their attempts). One day a small child asked to be carried across the river, and so Christopher hoisted the tot on his back and proceeded. As he got half way across, the river began to rise and the child became intensely heavy. So heavy it was said that he carried the weight of humankind upon him! When the duo made it to the other side of the river safely, Christopher questioned the child. The child revealed himself “I am Christ your king, whom you are serving by this work.” This is how St. Christopher became the patron saint to travelers and is especially invoked during rough journeys involving inclement weather. Christopher became very popular in England just after the Middle Ages (around the 15th century) and it was likewise popular in Scandinavian countries (where it’s usually rendered as Kristoffer). The Italian-born explorer Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) is one of the most famous name bearers (although his name in his native Italian was Cristoforo). The Spanish use Cristóbal, the French Christophe and the Germans spell it Christoph. Cristofer is not a “legitimate” spelling in any language as far as we can tell. Cristopher and Cristofer seem to be American spelling inventions.
Popularity of the Name Cristofer
Cristofer is the least popular choice of all the “Christian” names currently in circulation. We would also argue it’s the most minimalistic. Christopher has enjoyed great success as a baby boy’s name, particularly during the 1970s and 80s when he was the #2 most popular name nationwide (only Michael had him beat back then). Today Christopher remains a Top 25 favorite, so it’s not surprising that some American parents have come up with newly altered spellings of this age-old classic. Cristofer first appeared on America’s Top 1000 list in 2003 and promptly dropped off that same list in 2010. During his brief stay on the charts, Cristofer pretty much languished in usage. In other words, not many parents like this spelling – it’s just too simple.
Popularity of the Boy Name Cristofer
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Cristofer
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Cristofer
Cristofer We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Cristofer.
Popular Songs on Cristofer
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Cristofer
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Famous People Named Cristofer
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Children of Famous People Named Cristofer
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Cristofer - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Boy Name Cristofer
The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change. Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy. This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive.
Variations of the Baby Name - Cristofer