6: Christopher of Bordermarch -New Name (NP)
Submitter desires a masculine name.
Submitted through the Barony of Bordrmarch
the name means "Christ-bearer, the one who bears Christ (in his soul)". The name originates in the Christian legend of St. Christopher. As a first name, Christopher has been in use since the 15th century. The meaning of the name suggested the legend of St. Christopher carrying the Christ child across the water. The name, frequently cited as religious and even zealous in nature, has found modern popularity in part due to historical figures. With the European exploration of the Americas following the navigation of Christopher Columbus, the name retained its reverent stature but allowed for its removal from purely religious uses and distinction.
A male name. (Latin Christopherus, French Christophe, Italian Cristofaro, Spanish
Cristoval, Cristobal, German Christoph): Greek Xp1orocp6poc;, 'bearing Christ'. It was originally a word applied by Christians to themselves, meaning that they bore Christ in their hearts; but in time there arose a legend of a gigantic saint who
carried the Christ-child across a river, and Christopher became an ordinary
christian name. The sight of the image of St Christopher was thought to be a
protection from accidents and sudden death for the rest of the day ('Illa nempe die
morte mala non morieris, Cristoferi sancti speciem quicumque tueris'), and it was
therefore often depicted on the outside of houses and churches in Italy, Spain, and
Germany. In England St Christopher was, for the same reason, one of the
commonest subjects for mural paintings inside churches. Always the patron of travellers, St Christopher is now in Roman Catholic countries regarded as being the particular protector of motorists. C. W. Bardsley, Dictionary of English and
Welsh Surnames (pub. 1901 )'s earliest example of the name in England is of the
14th C, and he says he found none in the Hundred Rolls of 1273. There are, however, examples of the name in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1201, 1220, but it is certainly uncommon until the 15th C when it becomes much more frequent (examples are Christofre Crease 1450, Crysteffor Johnson 1491, Christouer Hobye 1483). From the 16th C to the end of the 18th C the name was in fairly general use, often abbreviated to Kester, Kit, or Chris. It suffered an eclipse in the 19th C, and Charlotte Mary Yonge, History of ChristianNames, 2 vols. 1863. Revised ed. 1884 speaks as though it were little used in her time, but it has had a great revival in the present century.
Christopherus Curia Regis Rolls 1201-3, 1220. Cristoforus Poll Tax of West Riding of Yorkshire 1379 1379. Cristofre 14th-C Legendary, Lincoln Diocese Documents (E.E.T.S. 149) 1450. Christofur Records of St. Mary at Hill, 1420-1559 (E.E.T.S. 125-8) 1513.
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