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Christopher Family History

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

772,171 Historical Documents with Christopher on Ancestry.com
332,400 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
21,765 Military Records
11,668 Immigration Records
108,848 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Christopher Families

  • Number of Christopher families
     140 - 278
     47 - 139
     1 - 46
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Christopher families
     169 - 335
     57 - 168
     1 - 56
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Christopher families
     8 - 13
     3 - 7
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Christopher Family Origin

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Christopher Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Christopher

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Christopher Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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