Christopher is the English version of a Europe-wide name derived from the Greek name Χριστόφορος (Christóforos). The constituent parts are Χριστός (Christós), Christ or Anointed, and φέρειν (férein), bear: the Christ-bearer. It is related to the names Chris meaning Anointed and Christian meaning follower of Christ or little Christ (all from Greek.)As a given, or first name, Christopher has been in use since the 10th century. In English, Christopher may be abbreviated as Chris, and sometimes Kit. Another less common abbreviation is Topher or Toph.It was frequently the most popular male first name in the United Kingdom, having been in the top twenty in England and Wales from the 1940s until 1995, although it has since dropped out of the top 100. The name is most common in England and not so common in Wales, Scotland, or Ireland.
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