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The history of the name Christopher begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from Christopher, an ancient and popular personal name which has been popular for many years as literally, the name means 'Bearer of Christ'.

Christopher Early Origins



The surname Christopher was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Christopher Spelling Variations


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Christopher Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Christopher has been recorded under many different variations, including Christopher, Cristopher and others.

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Christopher Early History


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Christopher Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Christopher research. Another 254 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Christopher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Christopher Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Christopher Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Christopher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Christopher In Ireland


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Christopher In Ireland



Some of the Christopher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Christopher or a variant listed above:

Christopher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher Christopher, who settled in Nantucket in 1630
  • Christopher Christopher, who arrived in Maryland in 1661
  • John Christopher, who landed in Maryland in 1662
  • William and Katherine Christopher who arrived in Barbados in 1679 with their servants
  • Nathaniel Christopher arrived in Pennsylvania in 1686
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Christopher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nich Christopher, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Nicholas Christopher, who arrived in Virginia in 1740
  • Adam Christopher, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Thomas Christopher, aged 27, landed in Pennsylvania in 1776

Christopher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Christopher, aged 50, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1870
  • Henry C Christopher, aged 38, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1872

Christopher Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Christopher, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Mrs. Rachael Christopher U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Christopher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Christopher, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1802

Christopher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Christopher, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  • John J. Christopher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849
  • William Christopher, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington"
  • Lydia Christopher, aged 29, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington"
  • Alfred Christopher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Christopher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Christopher, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Christopher (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Christopher (post 1700)



  • M. Ronald Christopher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1980
  • Larry Christopher, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988
  • John P. Christopher, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1892
  • Jane C. Christopher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 2000, 2004
  • George Henry Christopher (1888-1959), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Missouri, 1949-51, 1955-59
  • George Christopher (1907-2000), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1956, 1960; Presidential Elector for California, 1956; Mayor of San Francisco, California, 1956-64
  • F. O. Christopher, American Republican politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Cherokee County, 1921-22
  • Rosemarie E. Christopher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • Royce D. Christopher, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Arlington, Texas, 1954-55
  • Stanley P. III Christopher, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1960
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Christopher Historic Events


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Christopher Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. William  Christopher (1892-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Christopher Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

The Christopher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Christopher Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 4 October 2016 at 08:51.

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