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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


Similar surnames: Christophe, Christoff, Christophel, Christos, Christoph, Christoffer

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Christopher Family Origin

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Christopher Family Occupations

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In 1880, A less common occupation for the Christopher family was Farming. The most common Christopher occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Christopher's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Christopher.

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  • Farmer

    37%
  • Laborer

    10%
  • Keeping House

    5%
  • Farming

    4%

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Christopher Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Christopher. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Christopher census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Christopher. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Christopher. For the veterans among your Christopher ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Christopher Life Expectancy

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Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Christopher life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Christopher in 1945 was 71, and 76 in 2004.

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