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Christian Name Meaning

English, German, and French: from the personal name Christian, a vernacular form of Latin Christianus ‘follower of Christ’ (see Christ). This personal name was introduced into England following the Norman conquest, especially by Breton settlers. It was also used in the same form as a female name.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Christman, Christiana, Christen, Cristiano, Christoff, Christin

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Where is the Christian family from?

You can see how Christian families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Christian family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Christian families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 83 Christian families living in Virginia. This was about 21% of all the recorded Christian's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Christian families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Christian surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Christian ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Christian. 18% of Christian men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Christian women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Christian were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 300,000 census records available for the last name Christian. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Christian census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 39,000 immigration records available for the last name Christian. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 45,000 military records available for the last name Christian. For the veterans among your Christian ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Christian lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Christian life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Christian in 1941 was 33, and 72 in 2004.

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