Sunday, August 21, 2011

Gentlemanly Names: Christopher


Gender: Male

Origin: Greek

Meaning: "Christ- bearer", "bearer of the Christ"

Common Nicknames: None commonly used but Chris and Kit have been used for years.

Regency Popularity: Not uncommon but more frequently used in more religious circles because of it's meaning.

Jane Austen Usage:

  • Mansfield Park - Christopher Jackson is a local man who builds the stage in the billiards room at Mansfield Park which the young people use for their play. He had a son named Dick Jackson. Sir Thomas call him "my friend" but he's probably just the local carpenter.  
  • Juvenilia: Sir William Montague - Sir Christopher Montague is mentioned as an ancestor of the title character Sir William Montague.
  • Sense & Sensibility (1995) - in her screenplay Emma Thompson gives Colonel Brandon the first name Christopher and it's been used since that time as if it were his real name. His first name is not given by Jane Austen in the book. 

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