Meaning and Origin of: Christian

Meaning and Origin of Christian

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Greek : Anointed; feminine of Christian

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Greek : Anointed

What does Christian mean and stand for?

The name Christian is of Greek origin and means "follower of Christ" or "anointed". It derives from the medieval Latin name Christianus meaning "a Christian". During the Middle Ages, Christian was used mostly for females and didn't gain popularity until the 17th century.

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Family name origins & meanings

  • English, German, and French : from the personal name Christian, a vernacular form of Latin Christianus ‘follower of Christ’ (see Christ). This personal name was introduced into England following the Norman conquest, especially by Breton settlers. It was also used in the same form as a female name.

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Popularity

Christian is the number fifty-seven most popular boys name in the US, according to 2019 Social Security Administration data. It has been consistently popular, falling recently after maintaining a spot in the top 30 from 2000 to 2011.

However, it is the 25th most popular name on FamilyEducation.com.

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Christian was at its peak popularity in January 2019.

During the Middle Ages, Christian was a girls name until being made into a popular boys name with John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. The name is most popular in the fashion industry with Christian Dior, Lacroix, Louboutin and Audigier. Other notable Christians include Christian Slater and Christian Bale.

Where is it Popular?

Christian was searched for most often in the following states:

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