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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.

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Millions
of people in the U.S have this name
1,596,693
to be exact
1,951,132
if you include dead people (since the government started keeping track)
Rhode Island
has the most people named Christopher per capita
1984
marked the height of its popularity
0.33%
99.67%
3%
55+
46%
30-54
32%
13-29
19%
0-12

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