Saint-Christophe, by Claude Bassot, 1607
Christopher, which comes from the Greek Christophoros (Christ-bearer), has been an extremely popular name since the Middle Ages. Contemporary evidence shows the Saint Christopher of legend may have actually been the historical Saint Minas of Egypt. Though he was removed from the liturgical calendar in 1969, Christopher is still very much a saint. Decanonization isn’t a thing.
The name began rising in popularity in the U.S. in 1939, and entered the Top 100 in 1949. It continued rising, and broke the Top 10 at #9 in 1967. Christopher was #3 and #2 from 1972–95, and remained in the Top 10 till 2009. In 2017, it was #38.
Danish statesman Christoffer Gabel (1617–73), by Karel van Mander III
Other forms include:
1. Christoffer is Scandinavian.
2. Cristoforo is Italian.
3. Cristóvão is Portuguese.
4. Cristóbal is Spanish.
5. Christoffel is Dutch.
6. Christophe is French.
7. Críostóir is Irish.
8. Christoph is German.
9. Kristoffer is Scandinavian.
10. Kristóf is Hungarian. The variant Krištof is Slovenian and Slovak.
King Christopher of Scandinavia, 1416–48
11. Kristaps is Latvian.
12. Kristupas is Lithuanian.
13. Krzysztof is Polish, with nicknames including Krzyś and Krzysiek. RZ is pronounced like the Russian ZH and the other Polish letter Ż, though I’m told RZ and Ż were historically pronounced slightly differently.
14. Kristofor is Croatian.
15. Hristofor is Bulgarian and Macedonian.
16. Risto is Finnish.
17. Ħamallu is Maltese.
18. Christoli is Gascon.
19. Crìsdean is Scottish.
20. Cristofanu is Corsican.
Polish military leader and poet Krzysztof Arciszewski, 1592–1656
21. Cristofo is Aragonese.
22. Cristòfuru is Sicilian.
23. Cristoc’h is Breton.
24. Cristolu is Sardinian.
25. Cristovo is Galician.
26. Cristovam is Brazilian–Portuguese.
27. Karistorfe is Greenlandic.
28. Kilikopela is Hawaiian.
29. Kristdapor is Armenian.
30. Kristafár is Faroese.
Self-portrait of Venezuelan painter Cristóbal Rojas, 1857–90
31. Kristapor is Armenian.
32. Kristobal is Basque.
33. Kristepore is Georgian.
34. Kito is Sorbian.
35. Khristofor is Russian.
36. Khrystofor is Ukrainian.
37. Kristófer is Icelandic.
38. Kristoforas is Lithuanian.
39. Kristoffur is Faroese.
40. Kristoforid is Albanian.
Duke Christoph of Württemberg, 1515–68
41. Kristoforo is Esperanto.
42. Kristofru is Maltese.
43. Krisztofer is Hungarian.
44. Stöffu is Swiss–German.
Queen Kristina of Sweden (1626–89), by Sébastien Bourdon
Christina has its origins in the Latin name Christiana, a feminine form of Christian. It was Top 100 in the U.S. from 1964–2002, with its highest rank of #12 in 1985. By 2017, it had plummeted to #408.
The French form Christine was Top 100 in the U.S. from 1942–93, with the highest rank of #14 from 1967–70. In 2017, it was #785. The name was also hugely popular in France from 1943–83, with a high of #3 in 1960–61. Today, it’s no longer on the charts.
Kristina enjoyed somewhat more modest popularity in the U.S. during the Seventies and Eighties, with a high of #57 in 1985. This spelling is also German, Scandinavian, Russian, Bulgarian, Slovenian, Czech, Serbian, Lithuanian, Faroese, and Croatian. The variant Kristína is Slovak; Kristīna is Latvian; and Kristîna is Greenlandic.
Norwegian biologist Kristine Bonnevie, Norway’s first female professor, 1872–1948
Other forms include:
1. Krystyna is Polish, and my favourite form of the name. I love how Polish names often use Y in place of I. I also love the nickname Krysia.
2. Kristine is German and Scandinavian. The variant Kristīne is Latvian.
3. Krisztina is Hungarian.
4. Kristýna is Czech.
5. Kristiina is Estonian and Finnish.
6. Kristiana is Scandinavian and Croatian. The alternate form Kristiāna is Latvian.
7. Kristjana is Icelandic. Another Icelandic form is Kristín.
8. Kistiñe is Basque.
9. Cristiana is Italian and Portuguese.
10. Cristina is Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian.
Medieval French feminist writer Christine de Pizan, 1364–1430
11. Khrystyna is Ukrainian.
12. Kirsten is Danish and Norwegian.
13. Kjerstin is Swedish and Norwegian.
14. Kerstin is Swedish.
15. Krystiana is Polish.
16. Kilikina is Hawaiian.
17. Hristina is Serbian, Bulgarian, and Macedonian.
18. Christiane is French and German.
19. Cairistìona is Scottish.
20. Kristiane is German.
British poet Christina Rossetti (1830–94), by her brother Dante Gabriel
21. Cristíona is Irish.
22. Kristiinná is Sami.
23. Kristin is German and Scandinavian.