Meaning: “anointed one; Christian.”
Christian is derived from the Latin, Christianus, which literally means, “anointed one” but in actuality was used to describe one of the Christian faith.
In the English speaking world, the name has been in usage since the Middle Ages, but has been consistently popular in the Germanic countries, most probably due to a few Danish kings who bore the name.
It was also the second name of Danish children’s author, Hans Christian Anderson (1805-1875).
Originally, in English, Christian was occasionally used as an anglicized feminine form of the Latin name, Christiana. Christian fell out of usage as a female name and resurged as a masculine English name around the 17th-century.
As of 2008, Christian stood as the 23rd most popular male name in the United States. His rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 45 (Australia, 2008)
- # 5 (Bulgaria, 2008)
- # 100 (Canada, B.C., 2008)
- # 93 (Chile, 2006)
- # 44 (Czech Republic, 2009)
- # 15 (Denmark, 2009)
- # 4 (Faroe Islands, 2008)
- # 5 (Estonia, 2007)
- # 89 (Germany, 2009)
- # 29 (Hungary, 2008)
- # 9 (Iceland, 2004-2007)
- # 88 (Ireland, 2008)
- # 196 (the Netherlands, 2008)
- # 49 (Norway, 2009)
Other forms of the name include:
- Christiaan (Afrikaans/Dutch)
- Kristian (Albanian/Danish/Estonian/Norwegian/Swedish)
- Kristo (Albanian)
- Christo (Bulgarian)
- Kristijan Кристијан (Croatian/Serbian)
- Kristián (Czech/Slovak)
- Carsten/Karsten/Kerstan/Kersten (Danish/Dutch/Frisian/Norwegian)
- Christian (Danish/Dutch/English/French/German/Norwegian/Swedish)
- Kresten (Danish)
- Kristen (Danish/Norwegian/Swedish)
- Kristjan (Danish)
- Chrétien (French: archaic form)
- Coerst (Frisian)
- Críosdaidh (Gaelic)
- Chrístos Χρίστος (Greek: modern)
- Keresztély (Hungarian)
- Keresztes (Hungarian)
- Krisztián (Hungarian)
- Kristján (Icelandic)
- Cristiano (Italian/Portuguese)
- Christianus (Latin)
- Krišjānis (Latvian)
- Chriet (Limburgish)
- Kristijonas/Krizas/Krišcius (Lithuanian)
- Creestee (Manx)
- Crestian (Occitanian)
- Krystian/Chrystian (Polish)
- Krystyn (Polish: obscure)
- Crétin (Provençal)
- Cristian (Romanian/Italian/Galician)
- Kristjan (Slovene)
- Cristián (Spanish)
- Christer/Krister (Swedish)
Swiss German diminutive forms are: Chrigel, Hitsch, Chrigi and Chrigu.
Bavarian diminutives are: Chris, Chrissi and Chrischan.
A Romanian diminutive is Cristi.
Christina and Christine are usually the default feminine forms.
Christina and Christine have been in usage on the continent since at least the Middle Ages. Their popularity may be due to an early Christian saint and martyr of Syria. However, one of its most notable bearers was Queen Christina of Sweden.
Currently, Christina stands as the 20oth most popular female name in the United States, (2008). The highest she has ranked was in 1985, coming in as the 12th most popular female name. Its French counterpart of Christine, currently comes in as the 589th most popular female name, (2008), but at one time stood as the 14th most popular female name between 1967 and 1970.
Her popularity in other countries are as follows:
- 9 (Czech Republic, 2009)
- # 127 (Germany, 2009)
- # 50 (Hungary, 2008)
Her Scandinavian forms of Kristin and Kirsten have been prevalent in the United States since the 1980s. Currently, Kirsten stood as the 567th most popular female name, (2008), while Kristin came in as the 883rd most popular female name, (2008), but once came in as the 31st most popular female name, back in 1981.
Other feminine forms include:
- Kristina Кристина (Arabic/Bulgarian/Croatian/Czech/German/Lithuanian/Russian/Scandinavian/Serbian/Slovene
- Crestina (Aragonese)
- Kistiñe (Basque)
- Christel (Bavarian: initially a diminutive form, but now used as an independent given name)
- Hristina Христина (Bulgarian)
- Cristina (Catalan/Corsican/Galician/Italian/Portuguese/Romanian/Spanish)
- Kristýna (Czech)
- Christa (Danish/English/German)
- Kirstine (Danish)
- Stina (Danish/Norwegian/Swedish)
- Stine (Danish/Norwegian)
- Tine (Danish/Norwegian)
- Tineke (Dutch)
- Stien (Dutch/Limburgish)
- Christiana (English/Latin)
- Tina (English/German/Italian/Scandinavian)
- Kristiina (Estonian/Finnish)
- Kirsi (Finnish)
- Kirsti (Finnish)
- Stiina (Finnish)
- Tiina (Finnish)
- Christelle (French)
- Chrétienne (French: archaic)
- Christiane (French/German)
- Christine (French)
- Christin/Kristin (German/Scandinavian)
- Krista (German/Swedish)
- Christína Χριστίνα (Greek)
- Kilikina (Hawaiian)
- Kriszta (Hungarian)
- Krisztiána (Hungarian)
- Krisztina (Hungarian)
- Kristín (Icelandic)
- Kristjana (Icelandic)
- Cristiana (Italian/Portuguese)
- Kristiana (Latvian)
- Krystiana (Polish)
- Krystyna (Polish)
- Kjerstin (Norwegian)
- Kjersti (Norwegian)
- Cristìna (Sardinian)
- Cairistìona (Scottish)
- Kirsteen (Scottish)
- Kirstie (Scottish)
- Kirstin (Scottish)
- Kristína (Slovak)
- Kerstin (Swedish)
- Crystin (Welsh)
English and German diminutives are: Chris, Christy, Chrissy and Tina.
French diminutives are: Chris, Chrisette and Titine.
A common Italian and Spanish compound form is Maria Cristina.
Designated name-days are: July 24 (Greece), November 12 (France), December 25 (Greece).