Behind the Name

The etymology and history of first names.

CHRISTOPHER
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: KRIS-to-fur [key]

Means “bearing Christ”, derived from Late Greek Christos combined with pherein “to bear, to carry”. Christopher was the legendary saint who carried the young Jesus across a river. He is the patron saint of travellers. Another famous bearer was Christopher Columbus, the explorer who reached the West Indies in the 15th century.