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Christopher Surname Meaning

English German West Indian (mainly Trinidad and Tobago Antigua and Barbuda and British Virgin Islands) and African (mainly Nigeria and Tanzania): from the English and German personal name Christopher from Greek Christophoros ‘Christ-bearing’ (see Christ ). This was borne by a rather obscure 3rd-century Christian martyr. His name was relatively common among early Christians who desired to bear Jesus 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. Despite the widespread veneration and depiction of this saint this was not a very common personal name in medieval England and may in some instances have a habitational origin for someone living for example in Saint Christopher parish (Saint Christopher le Stocks London). In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed the German variant Christoffer and cognates from other languages e.g. Hungarian Kristóf and Czech Slovak Slovenian and Croatian Krištof (see Kristof ). The usual German form of the name is Christoph .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


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

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You can see how Christopher families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Christopher family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Christopher families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 128 Christopher families living in Ontario. This was about 35% of all the recorded Christopher's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Christopher families in 1911.
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What did your Christopher ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Christopher. 30% of Christopher men worked as a Farmer and 29% of Christopher women worked as a Student. Some less common occupations for Americans named Christopher were Fisherman and Labourer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    30%
  • Labourer
    21%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Fisherman
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Student
    29%
  • Serving
    29%
  • Servant
    29%
  • Labourer
    15%
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Passenger Lists

There are 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Christopher. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 22,000 military records available for the last name Christopher. For the veterans among your Christopher ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Christopher lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Christopher life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Christopher in 1945 was 71, and 76 in 2004.

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