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Origin and popularity of the name CHRIST


Christ : 1: German and Dutch: from a short form of the personal name Christian or a nickname meaning ‘the Christian’. In both cases it is (ultimately) from the Latin name Christus ‘Christ’ which is from Greek Christos a derivative of chriein ‘to anoint’ a calque of Hebrew mashiaḥ ‘Messiah’ which likewise means literally ‘the anointed’. This is the title given to Jesus of Nazareth (see Jesus) as embodying the fulfilment of Messianic prophecy and expectation; he is the central figure of Christianity and most Christians believe he is the incarnation of God the Son. Compare Chrest Crist Ghrist and Krist.2: English: variant of Crist a cognate of 1 above.3: American shortened form of any of various Greek derivatives of the personal name Christos.4: American shortened and altered form of Bulgarian or Macedonian Hristov (compare Christoff) and also of some related or similarly pronounced Slavic surnames (see Krist).5: Americanized form of German Dutch Czech Slovak or Slovenian Krist a variant or cognate of 1 above.6: American shortened and altered form of any of various Italian surnames beginning with Crist-. Compare Crist.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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