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Quick Facts on Corinne

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 739
kə-RIN; kə-REEN
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Corinne

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Corinne

Corinne is the English and French form of Corinna, a Latin name borrowed from the Greek Κοριννα (Korinna) from “Korē” meaning “girl, maiden”. The original Greek name had been borne by an ancient Greek poetess who wrote some time in the centuries before Christ (c. 5th century B.C.) and is believed to have been a contemporary of the great Greek poet Pindar (she may have even been his teacher). Korinna was considered one of the nine Mortal Muses in ancient Greece and is one of the oldest known female authors. Later in the first centuries B.C. and A.D. the Roman poet Ovid used the name Corinna as the object of his ultimately unattainable desires in his book “Amores” (published over 2,000 years ago!). Again, centuries after Ovid, an English poet, Robert Herrick, used this name when he wrote “Corinna’s Going A-Maying” in 1634; a famous poem about a young girl who is urged to seize the beautiful spring day. Adding even more literary cachet to this name was an early 19th century French-Swiss novelist Madame de Staël who published her most celebrated work “Corinne, or Italy” in 1807. The heroine of the novel, Corinne, became an iconic model of the independent woman – artistic, beautiful, intelligent, spirited, romantic and emotionally vulnerable. Modern-day usage of the name Corinne owes most of her popularity to the influence of de Staël’s character on her early 19th century readers (who quickly embraced the name for their daughters). While no longer as popular today in the 21st century, the name Corinne was quite stylish in the 1800s.

Popularity of the Name Corinne

Corinne dates back to 1880 on the U.S. female naming charts (which is the first year the government began tracking naming trends). It’s safe to say that Corinne was in circulation prior to 1880 but this is where our data starts. In fact, Corinne saw most of her popularity during the 19th century in America – although she managed to maintain semi-moderate and respectable levels of usage during much of the 20th century as well. We did see a rather large jump in popularity for Corinne between 1977 and 1978 owing to a television character named Corinne Tate Flotsky from the situation-comedy “Soap” (1977-1981) but for the most part, as we’ve entered the 21st century, Corinne has been accumulating cobwebs as she hovers near the bottom of the Top 1000 list. Corinne is a lovely name choice loaded with literary substance and prestige (see references below) – perhaps the ultimate fair “maiden”. Currently neglected and relatively forgotten Corinne would be considered a unique name choice by today’s naming standards. This one has a quiet style all her own. We should point out that the name is pronounced ko-REEN in French but English speakers typically prefer the kə-RIN pronunciation over kə-REEN. Cori is the most common and obvious nickname.
Popularity of the Girl Name Corinne
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Corinne

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Corinne

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Corinne

    Corinna (Corinna’s Going a-Maying) Corinna is the girl of Robert Herrick’s 1634 poem, “Corinna’s Going a-Maying”, who has to be teased from her bower to come out in the glorious day and delight with him. “We shall grow old apace, and die…”, he exhorts her, so, carpe diem, girl! Come, he says, and hurry with your dress and be brief in your prayers. Come, come, many other couples are out here already stealing kisses and plighting their troth. And does his beloved Corinna, the “sweet slug-a-bed”, comply? We are not told so explicitly – but – wouldn’t you?!

    Corinne (Corinne, or Italy) Corinne is title character of Madame de Stael’s 1807 romantic novel, Corinne, or Italy. Corinne is a beautiful, rich and independent Italian poetess who meets and falls in love with Lord Nelvil, becoming his mistress. In this capacity, she provides him with a virtual tour of Italy, showcasing all its vast array of literature and art against its magnificent landscape. For her troubles, she is eventually dismissed and ultimately dies of unrequited love for Lord N., who is absolutely unworthy of any inch of her magnificent self. So there. The novel is known for its famous quote: "Tout comprendre rend très-indulgent" (To know all is to forgive all).

  • Popular Songs on Corinne

    Popular Songs on Corinne

    Corinne - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Corinne.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Corinne

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Corinne

    Corinne's Big Decision (Vivian Kolodziej) - Corinne, a sixth grader, who is excited and apprehensive about starting Junior High School in the fall, realizes she has a big decision to make long before she ever walks through the doors at Lakeridge Junior High. She learns a lesson on how to make good choices, and how bullies can make you question yourself. Through help of prayer and God's guidance she finds the meaning of true friends. Recommended for ages 11-14.

  • Famous People Named Corinne

    Famous People Named Corinne

    Famous People Named Corinne - Corinne Bailey Rae (British singer-songwriter); Corinne Drewery (British musician); Corinne Calvet (French actress); Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (sister of Teddy Roosevelt); Mary Martha Corinne Roberts (aka Cokie Roberts, news journalist); Corrine Brown (politician); Corinne Trang (Asian-themed cookbook author)

  • Children of Famous People Named Corinne

    Children of Famous People Named Corinne

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Corinne - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Corinne.

  • Historic Figures

    Corinne - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Corinne - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Corinne.

Personality of the Girl Name Corinne

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Corinne

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