Christina: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Christina
Origin of the name Christina:
Derived from the Ecclesiastic Late Latin christiānus which is from the Ecclesiastic Greek christianos (a Christian, a follower of Christ). Var: Christiene, Christine, Cristina, Khristina, Khristine, Kristina, Kristene. Short: Chris, Cris, Khris, Kris, Tina. Pet: Chrissi, Chrissie, Chrissy, Christi, Christie, Christy, Cristi, Cristie, Cristy, Khristi, Khristie, Khristy, Krissy, Kristi, Kristie, Kristy.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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I've appreciated the versatility of Christina over the years. I was Chrissy as a young child, Kris in college, and Christina in my professional life.
Since I was born in the 70's, there are a lot of people my age with similar names, which meant that I was sometimes "Little Kris" or Chrissy G. But that probably won't be a problem for young children these days.
Whenever I go bowling the computer only has room for "Christ", which is a bit weird.
I am 29 and my name is Cristina, without an 'h'. I have always really liked my name. It is a nice name that is not too popular. I don't really remember having other girls in my classes with my name, unlike the names Jennifer, Ashley, Sara... My name has many nicknames: Cris, Crissy, Cristine but without even trying, people never called me by nicknames. I am Hispanic which is why my name has no 'h'. I like the look of it without an 'h', but people ALWAYS spell it with an 'h' unless they too are Hispanic. I love my name and wouldn't change it for the world.
I know 4 Christina's except one spells it with a K and not a C. 2 are in the family and 2 were friends in high school. Chrissy, Kristy, Christy...I tried to call my friend Kristina Chris but she hated it! haha. And it's weird how all 3 of em share the same middle name as I do..which is Marie.
- Personal experiences with the name Christina: | Edit
I'm a Christina. I'm 22. So, yes, I was born in the 80's. Until I was about 10, I wasn't particularly fond of my name. No one I knew personally had it. Then my babysitter named her daughter Christina. And a girl named Christina who was two years younger than me started at our school. I didn't feel so alone and that made it better. It gradually grew on me. I like it now. I like that it's uncommon, but not out of left field. My family mostly calls me Chris, which I like and prefer over other nicknames. My only problem with it: I'm forever called Christine. My grandparents thought this was a suitable nickname for Christina, so they always called Christine. Now, all of my extended family on their side thinks my name is actually Christine. At my graduation and my wedding I received all kinds of embroidered and personalized gifts saying "Christine". ANNOYING! And everyone I meet calls me Christine. Even though I emphasize the "A". They say, "Hi, I'm Amanda. And you are...?" "ChristinA." "Hi, Christine." It's frustrating. I have a friend just a couple months older than me who is also a Christina. I met her mom and thought for sure she would recognize my name as Christina, but, no, she calls me Christine as well. I own my own business and when I have clients come in they always say, "Christine, right?" "No, Christina." I also never liked the nickname, Tina. It's become second-nature to correct everyone on my name, so it doesn't seem to be such an annoyance anymore, but, I really wish I didn't have to. What's the point in having such a great, strong name if no one knows that's what your name is?
I was born in 1979, given the name "Christina Marie." Growing up I was, "Tina," and my mom reserved my full name for only when she was angry with me. In my high school, I had a class with three other Tinas and found the same situation at work, so I am often Tina with the last initial added to my name, or called by last name. Growing up I kind of despised the nickname Tina, and in 7th grade converted to "Chris," for a brief period, but it was ill-fated. Now, I think the name is okay, the name Christina is a solid mix of pretty and strong, but still not on my faves list. There were a mass quantity of "Krissy," "Christy," etc. in my age group so those nicknames never quite appealed. I am also not a fan of Stine or Stina. In response to the above, I am always called "Christine," as well! Even when the individual is READING my name aloud, and I always wonder under what circumstance would that A at the end of my name be silent? I think Christa would be a lovely, fresh nickname for Christina. ***I also saw Nina, on the list of nicknames, love that as well, and it's a bit unexpected. Whatever, you do if you name your daughter Christina, giver her a middle name more original than Marie, which ends up being the middle name of just about every Christina and Tina in the universe!
I'm a Christina Marie, and almost every Christina I've met has also had the middle name Marie. I've always liked my name, I've met plenty of other people with my name, but it's not annoyingly common. I've had quite a people tell me they like my name, so I think most people have a positive perception of it. I was Christy when I grew up and family and some friends still call me that. I agree that people often call me Christine. I've also had several people call me Katrina and Katherine for some reason, which I don't quite understand.
- Nicknames for Christina: | Edit
Chris, Chrissy, Christie, Nina, Teeny, Tina, Stina, Kiki, Kristy, Steena, Stan, Teen, Christa
I have an aunt who calls me Christinabelle.
I'm a Christina, and some of my friends call me Christ.
- Meanings and history of the name Christina: | Edit
Meaning: Follower of Christ
Christina is a female name originating from Christian.Saint Christina (3rd or 5th century AD), a saint and martyr pre-dating the Catholic and Orthodox congregational tradition.
Usage: English, German, Scandinavian, Dutch
- Famous real-life people named Christina: | Edit
Christina Hendricks - American actress
Christina Applegate - American actress
Christina Aguilera - American singer
Christina Ricci - American actress
- Christina in song, story & screen: | Edit
"Christina", a 1929 silent film
"Christina", a 1984 film based on the Playboy Publishing book series
Christina, a character from Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
Christina McKinney, character in American TV series "Ugly Betty"
Christina Yang, character on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"
Christina, a character in Veronica Roth's "Divergent"