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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- Comments and insights on the name Christina: | Edit
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!
- 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.
- 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"