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Christopher (M)>

Christopher (male)

Synonym(s):Gilchrist (M)
Variants:Chrieste (M) Christoforo (M) Christoph (M) Christophe (M) Christopherus (M) Christovão (M) Christoverus (M) Criostóir (M) Crìsdean (M) Cristóbal (M) Cristòfol (M) Gillecroisd (M) Kester (M) Kristoffer (M) Kryštof (M) Krzysztof (M) Risto (M) Xtopher (M) Xtopherus (M) Xtoverus (M)
Diminutive(s):Chris (M) Christie (M)
Pet Name(s):Chrissie (M) Christy (M) Cristo (M) Crystal (M) Ket (M) Kipper (M) Kit (M) Kris (M) Rick (M)
Lesser Synonym(s):Christian (M)
Source(s): English Parish Register
FreeCEN 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire
The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG

English from Latin "one who carries Christ (in his heart)", originally from Greek. Rare in the 1841 Census for Aberdeenshire. Occasionally interchangeable with the male use of Christian.

Many old documents and some later ones replaced the first five letters of Christopher with an X-, the symbol for "Christ", to give Xtopher. In the older documents in Latin an ending -us was normally added, modified as a Latin case ending, giving Xtopherus and, occasionally, Christopherus. The spellingsChristoverus/Xtoverus were also used.