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Christopher Name Meaning

English: from a medieval personal name which ostensibly means ‘bearer of Christ’, Latin Christopherus, Greek Khristophoros, from Khristos ‘Christ’. Compare Christian + -pher-, -phor- ‘carry’. This was borne by a rather obscure 3rd-century martyred saint. His name was relatively common among early Christians, who desired to bear Christ metaphorically with them in their daily lives. Subsequently, the name was explained by a folk etymology according to which the saint carried the infant Christ across a ford and so became the patron saint of travelers. In this guise he was enormously popular in the Middle Ages, and many inns were named with the sign of St. Christopher. In some instances the surname may have derived originally from residence at or association with such an inn. As an American family name, Christopher has absorbed cognates from other continental European languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988.)

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Christophe, Christoff, Christophel, Christos, Christoph, Christoffer

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Christopher Family Origin

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Christopher Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    27%
  • Fisherman

    13%
  • Contractor

    4%
  • Journalier

    4%

In 1881, The most common Christopher occupation in Canada was Farmer. 27% of Christopher's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Christopher family was Journalier. Farmer, Fisherman and Contractor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Christopher.

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