Sunday, September 18, 2011

Happy Name Day, Kryštof! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Kryštof.  Happy name day, Kryštof!
The name Kryštof is a variant of Christopher, which is of Greek origin, and Kristopher, which is of Scandinavian and Greek origin.  The name Kryštof means "bearing Christ".

It was used by early Christians as a metaphorical name, expressing that they carried Christ in their hearts.  In the Middle Ages, literal interpretations of the name's etymology led to legends about a Saint Christopher who carried the young Jesus across a river.  He has come to be regarded as the patron saint of travelers.