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Chris is most often known as a shortening of a name, but it can be a name in its own right. In fact, it's often preferred by parents who don't want to deal with having people shorten the names of their children. Read on to learn more about this name.

Meaning of the name Chris:

Greek: Bearer of Christ

Origin of the name Chris:

Chris is a name of Greek origin that means “bearer of Christ”, especially when used as a short form of “Christopher”.

Symbolism of the name Chris:

Chris certainly symbolizes a religious devotion for some families, but for many it also symbolizes the hope that a child will grow up to fit into the society of his birth.

Style of the name Chris:


Gender of the name Chris:

Chris is a unisex name that is more commonly given to boys but that is still often given to girls.

Pronunciation of the name Chris:


Number of syllables in the name Chris:


Emotion evoked from the name Chris:

Chris tends to evoke emotions related to familiarity and comfort.

Alternative spellings for the name Chris:

Nicknames for the name Chris:

  • Cee

Popularity of the name Chris:

According to the Social Security Administration, Chris last ranked on the list of the most popular baby names in the United States in 2021 when it was the 660th most popular name for boys and in 1977 when it was the 884th most popular baby name for girls.

Related names for the name Chris:

Great middle names for Chris and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Chris:

  • Chris Hemsworth (Australian actor)
  • Chris Cornell (American singer)
  • Chris Hero (American pro wrestler)
  • Chris Pratt (American actor)

Chrises in popular culture:

  • Chris Griffin (character in Family Guy)
  • Chris Hillard (character from Mrs. Doubtfire)
  • Chris Grandy (character from 13 Going on 30)
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