Christian Name Meaning

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What Does Christian Mean?

Are you looking for a traditional masculine name that highlights your religious heritage? Christian might be the perfect choice for you.

The name Christian comes from a Latin word that means “follower of Christ,” just as the word Christian does in English.

  • Origin: Christian is derived from the Latin “Christianus,” which means “a follower of Christ.”
  • Gender: Christian can be used for both boys and girls, though it is more commonly used as a masculine name. Feminine variants include Christa, Christine, and Christina.
  • Pronunciation: KRIS-chin

Although baby names are often separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex need not play any role in your name selection process. It’s important to select the name that you feel is best suited for your new baby.

How Popular Is the Name Christian?

Christian is a consistently popular name in the U.S., and has become even more popular in the past 35 years. In 1986, it joined the top 100 names for boys in the U.S., ranking as No. 89. It continued to rise, reaching its peak at No. 21 in 2006. The latest statistics show that Christian is the No. 62 name for boys in America.

Although the name Christian is typically used as a masculine name, it can certainly be used however you see fit as sex doesn't have to be a part of your name selection process.

Name Variations

As the Christian religion has spread across the globe, there are equivalents to the name Christian in virtually every known language. Some of the most common forms include:

  • Christiaan (Afrikaans)
  • Chrétien (French)
  • Críosdaidh (Gaelic)
  • Cristian (Galician)
  • Cristián (Spanish)
  • Cristiano (Italian)
  • Karsten (Dutch)
  • Kristen (Swedish)
  • Kristian (Danish)
  • Kristián (Czech)
  • Kristiāns (Latvian)
  • Kristijan (Croatian)
  • Kristijonas (Lithuanian)
  • Kristjan (Estonian)
  • Kristján (Icelandic)
  • Kristo (Albanian)
  • Krisztián (Hungarian)
  • Krystian (Polish)

Feminine variants include Christina, Christine, Cristina, Kirsten, Kristen, Kristin, Kristina, and Kyrsten.

Note that in Scandinavian cultures, Kristen is a masculine form while Kristin is the feminine equivalent.

Similar Names

Closely related is the name Christopher (meaning “Christ-bearer”) and its family of similar names: Christoffel, Christoffer, Cristofo, Kristobal, Kristoff, Kristofor, Krisztofer.

Other boy names starting with C:

  • Caleb
  • Calvin
  • Cameron
  • Carson
  • Carter
  • Charles
  • Chase
  • Cole
  • Colton
  • Connor
  • Cooper
  • Colin
  • Colt

Suggested Sibling Names

  • Austin
  • Destiny
  • Gavin
  • Hailey
  • Jonathan
  • Lauren
  • Luke
  • Morgan
  • Samuel
  • Victoria

Famous People Named Christian

There have been a number of notable people named Christian. These include: 

  • Christian Alexander (born 1990), American actor known for his role on “General Hospital”
  • Christian Bale (born 1974), English actor known for playing Batman in the “Dark Knight” film series
  • Christian Bauman (born 1970), American novelist known for his book “The Ice Beneath You”
  • Christian Bergman (born 1988), American baseball player who played for the Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners
  • Christian Bethancourt (born 1991), Panamanian baseball player who plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Christian Bizot (1928-2002), French winemaker, head of the Bollinger Champagne house
  • Christian Boros (born 1964), German advertising agency founder and art collector
  • Christian Bryant (born 1992), American football player
  • Christian Cooke (born 1987), English actor known for his roles in the films “Where the Heart Is,” “Demons,” and “Trinity”
  • Christian DiLauro (born 1994), American football player
  • Christian Dior (1905–1957), French fashion designer, founder of one of the world’s best known fashion brands
  • Christian Doppler (1803–1853), Austrian mathematician and physicist who discovered the principle known as the “Doppler Effect”
  • Christian Garcia (born 1985), American baseball player who pitched for the Washington Nationals
  • Christian Hosoi (born 1967), American professional skateboarder
  • Christian Jessen (born 1977), English doctor known for his appearances on the British TV programs “Embarrassing Bodies” and “Supersize Vs. Superskinny”
  • Christian Johnson (born 1986), American football player
  • Christian Kern (born 1966), Austrian businessman and politician who served as the Chancellor of Austria
  • Christian Kirk (born 1996), American football player who plays for the Arizona Cardinals
  • Christian Lacroix (born 1951), French fashion designer
  • Christian Latouche (born 1939/1940), French businessman who is the founder and CEO of Fiducial SA
  • Christian Louboutin (born 1963), French footwear designer
  • Christian Jimenez (born 1986), American soccer player
  • Christian Kälin (born 1971), Swiss lawyer and businessman who is the chairman of Henley & Partners
  • Christian Navarro (born 1991), American actor known for his role in the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”
  • Christian Okoye (born 1961), Nigerian-American football player who played for the Kansas City Chiefs
  • Christian Ponder (born 1988), American football player who played quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings
  • Christian Reiher (born 1984), German mathematician known for solving Kemnitz's conjecture
  • Christian Rosenmeier (born 1874), American politician known for the legislation that created Charles A. Lindbergh State Park and Camp Ripley
  • Christian Siriano (born 1985), American fashion designer who gained fame as the winner of the “Project Runway” competition
  • Christian Slater (born 1969), American actor known for his roles in such films as “Heathers,” “Pump Up the Volume,” and “True Romance”
  • Christian Taylor (born 1990), American athlete who won the gold medal for the triple jump in the 2016 Olympic Games
  • Christian von Koenigsegg (born 1972), Founder and CEO of Koenigsegg Automotive
  • Christian Wilkins (born 1995), American football player who plays for the Miami Dolphins
  • Christian Wulff (born 1959), German politician who served as President of Germany from 2010 to 2012
  • Christian Yelich (born 1991), American baseball player who plays for the Milwaukee Brewers

More Baby Names

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  2. Social Security Administration. Popularity of the name Christian. Updated 2020.

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