Girl Baby Name

Christina

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Quick Facts on Christina

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 303
Pronunciation:
kris-TEE-nah
Simple meaning:
Christian, anointed, follower of Christ

Characteristics of Christina

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Christina

Christina is the simplified form of the Latin Christiana. The original Latin Christianus gave birth to the male name Christian and many feminized versions of the name popped up all throughout Europe during medieval times. All of these names are obviously related to Christianity and basically mean ‘follower of Christ’. The name of Christ himself came from the Greek “Khristos” which was a translation of the Hebrew word for Messiah (‘anointed’). Christian (Latin), Christiana (Latin), Christine (French), Christina (Greek), Kristin (German), Kerstin (Scandinavian), Kristina (Slavic), Cristina (Spanish) and Crístíona (Irish) are all names that have been in use since the Middle Ages. In modern times, these names have become so popular, common and widely used that the original etymological roots with Christianity is no longer considered a crucial part of the name.

Popularity of the Name Christina

Christina has enjoyed a long and relatively popular history in the United States. At the turn of the 20th century, shortly after the U.S. government began tracking naming trends in 1880, Christina was a steady choice. The name experienced mainly moderate to high levels of usage until the 1940s when she really started to make some strides up the charts. By 1964, Christina was a Top 100 favorite name; but her heyday really came in the 1970s and 80s when she was on the Top 20 list of most commonly used girl names. Christina even got as high as #12 on the charts in 1975 and again in 1985. However, by the turn of the 21st century, the name’s popularity started to show signs of decline. Currently, it’s losing about 100 spots on the charts every four years and just recently lost a position on the Top 250 list placing this once familiar name into the “very moderate usage” category. Regardless, all the “Chris/Kris” names are American staples. They have endured for centuries so we expect a triumphant comeback one day. Christine, Christina, Christy, Kristin, Kerstin were all the rage in the 1970s but we dare say they have more flair and flavor than the current vogue of Kaylee’s and Hailey’s.
Popularity of the Girl Name Christina
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Christina

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Christina

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Christina

    Christina We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Christina.

  • Popular Songs on Christina

    Popular Songs on Christina

    Christina - a song by Bella Morte

    Christina - a song by Keith Murray [explicit]

    Christina - a song by Patty Griffin

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Christina

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Christina

    Christina Aguilera (Morgan Talmadge) - Presents a biography of Christina Aguilera. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Christina from Sweden Sticker Paper Doll (Yuko Green) - Dress one adorable little blond girl in traditional costumes, including embroidered head scarves and blouses, fringed shawls, and aprons. 29 stickers included. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Christina Katerina and Fats and the Great Neighborhood War (Patricia Lee Gauch) - Christina Katerina shows she's no pushover when it comes to fair play or friendship. When new kid Tommy Morehouse moves into the neighborhood and shows favorites in a game, Christina objects, expecting her "true" friend Fats to stick up for her. When he doesn't, a neighborhood feud erupts, with Christina and Fats on opposite sides. Tempered with humor, Schuett's sturdy, brightly colored paintings catch Christina's anger and pride as she waits for her best friend to come around. Kids will easily recognize the situation, and most will understand the messages--the main one about friendship as well as the more subtle one about gender. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Christina Katerina and the Time She Quit the Family (Patricia Lee Gauch) - The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books says: "What child has not wanted to resign from family membership? Kids will identify totally with Christina and the up-and-down sides of her decision to go it alone.The situation, in words and pictures, comes right from the heart." And Booklist says: "This girl's carefree abandon in rebelling will be as entertaining as her return to the fold is satisfying. The art kicks up its heels as well." Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Christina's Ghost (Betty Ren Wright) - Christina is a lonely girl forced to spend some time with her grumpy Uncle Ralph in an isolated mansion. His exchanges with the riddle-loving Christina keep listeners hooked. The fast-moving story kicks into high gear when Christina sees a young boy in a blue sailor suit watching her swim. He vanishes, but she keeps spotting this fleeting mysterious figure, and speculates about him being a ghost. Some sleuthing leads to the discovery that the boy was Russell Charles, the victim of a crime committed in the mansion 30 years ago. To Christina's dismay, she discovers that the evil spirit responsible for his death is residing in the ice cold attic. Although it possesses many familiar elements (secret rooms, an unsolved crime), this ghost story will captivate young listeners. As Christina joins forces with her crusty uncle, Wright adds surprising poignancy to the family dynamics. And by introducing an ill-tempered small town newspaper editor who thinks women should not pursue careers, Wright adds a welcome commentary about sexism, helping Christina realize that she must defy traditional gender roles and embrace her inner girl-power. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Christina

    Famous People Named Christina

    Famous People Named Christina - Christina Aguilera (singer); Christina (Scandinavian royalty); Christina Milian (singer); Christina Applegate (actress); Christina Ricci (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Christina

    Children of Famous People Named Christina

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Christina - Anthony Quinn (actor); Aristotle Onassis (business tycoon); Arnold Schwarzenegger (actor/politician); Joan Crawford (actress); Luciano Pavarotti (opera singer); Maria Shriver (journalist); Olympia Dukakis (actress); Telly Savalas (actor); Valerie Harper (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Christina - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Christina of Bolsena (3rd Century) - St. Christina’s life is probably more fiction than fact, but her cult grew in the Middle Ages adding currency to her name. She was born in Persia as the beautiful daughter of a powerful judge named Urbanus. While she had converted to Christianity, her pagan father worshipped golden idols. She destroyed these symbols of paganism and then distributed the gold pieces to the poor. Enraged, Urbanus spent the rest of his life persecuting his daughter. The methods of these tortures ranged from iron hooks, furnaces and fire, snakes, arrows and the ever-popular ancient torture wheel. Each time Christina was exposed to such ruthless torment, God intervened to prevent the girl’s death. One story purports that she was thrown into a burning furnace for five days only to exit unscathed. This sort of pious, popular fiction spread in medieval times depicting lovely maidens harmed at the hands of evil pagan men.

    Christina the Astonishing (1150–1224) - Christiana the Astonishing was born a peasant in Belgium during the Middle Ages. As a young woman, she went into a seizure and was presumed dead. However, at her funeral it is said she awoke and “arose with full vigor” only to astound those in witness as she levitated to the ceiling of the church (later claiming she couldn’t bear the smell of the sinful people at her service). What was to follow was even more “astonishing”. Christina claimed that during her “near-death” experience she witnessed Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. She saw the extreme suffering and torment of sinners, so excessive that it was “impossible to give an idea of their rigor.” Eventually she is taken by the angels to Heaven where God gives her the choice to stay with Him or return to earth and suffer a life of constant misery and “charity suffering” on behalf of the poor souls she witnessed in Purgatory and Hell. She takes her mission back to earth without hesitation. For the rest of her long life on earth, Christina led an austere life without comforts and was constantly subjected to torture and torments. Like her third century predecessor, however, she never endured a cut, wound, broken bone or scar after emerging from burning furnaces, freezing waters, dog attacks, and the like. Christina just kept faithfully calling out for God’s mercy. She ended up dying an old woman of natural causes. Let’s hope she earned her place in heaven!

Personality of the Girl Name Christina

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Christina

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