Christopher Martin in the US

  1. #1,176 Paul Anderson
  2. #1,177 Jorge Lopez
  3. #1,178 James Sanders
  4. #1,179 Robert Cox
  5. #1,180 Christopher Martin
  6. #1,181 Robert Cooper
  7. #1,182 Brenda Davis
  8. #1,183 Angela Miller
  9. #1,184 Thomas Thompson
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Meaning & Origins

From the Greek name Khristophoros, from Khristos ‘Christ’ + pherein ‘to bear’. This was popular among early Christians, conscious of the fact that they were metaphorically bearing Christ in their hearts. A later, over-literal interpretation of the name gave rise to the legend of a saint who actually bore the Christ-child over a stream; he is regarded as the patron of travellers. In England the name was uncommon in the Middle Ages, but became very popular in the 16th century, especially in parts of the North.
23rd in the U.S.
English, Scottish, Irish, French, Dutch, German, Czech, Slovak, Spanish (Martín), Italian (Venice), etc.: from a personal name (Latin Martinus, a derivative of Mars, genitive Martis, the Roman god of fertility and war, whose name may derive ultimately from a root mar ‘gleam’). This was borne by a famous 4th-century saint, Martin of Tours, and consequently became extremely popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. As a North American surname, this form has absorbed many cognates from other European forms.
16th in the U.S.

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