Quick Facts on Cristina
- Italian, Spanish
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Anointed, Christian, follower of Christ
Characteristics of Cristina
Etymology & Historical Origin - Cristina
Cristina (without the “h”) is the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Christina derived from the Latin Christianus meaning “a Christian”. All of the “Christian” names are ultimately derived from the Greek name Christos from “chrio” meaning “to anoint”. Christós (Christ) was a title given to Jesus of Nazareth by Greek Christians in the first century to signify him as the anointed one by the power of God. The Greek Christós is also a translation of the Hebrew word “Messiah” meaning essentially the same thing (anointed). Female names such as Christian, Christiane, Christina and Christine have been around since the Middle Ages but did not become widely common until the 17th century. Influencing the name’s success in part was Christina of Sweden (Queen of Sweden) who abdicated her throne in 1654 when she converted to Catholicism (her family were prominent Protestants). This caused quite the scandal in her day, but it appears that she had a fitting first name! The former queen moved to Rome and thereafter became a champion for the arts. The Italians, Portuguese and Spanish took up the name in the form of Cristina. Today Cristina is quite common in Spain and Catalonia.
Popularity of the Name Cristina
The pretty Spanish and Italian Cristina first appeared on the American female naming charts in 1948 and took off pretty quickly in popularity. The height of Cristina’s popularity was around the same time as many of the other “Christine” names (mainly during the 1980s). Cristina reached position #163 on the charts in 1986 which is quite impressive considering it’s mainly the Spanish-speaking Americans who opt for this particular spelling. In fact, Cristina’s past popularity is owed in large part to the growing Hispanic-American population in general. However, since the mid-1990s Cristina has fallen from her pedestal and is now used only rarely. Although still popular in Spain, Cristina is no longer a favorite among Spanish speakers in the United States. The spelling without the “h” definitely gives Cristina that added Italian/Spanish flair.
Popularity of the Girl Name Cristina
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Cristina
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Cristina
Cristina We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Cristina.
Popular Songs on Cristina
Cristina - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Cristina.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Cristina
Celebra El Halloween Y El Dia De Muertos Con Cristina Y Su Conejito Azul (Campoy Isabel) - Spanish edition. It's Halloween but Cristina is very sad and doesn't feel like putting on a costume and going trick-or-treating because she's lost her toy bunny. During the celebration of the Day of the Dead, her parents teach her about a unique way to deal with the pain for the loss of a loved one. Contains an informative section about Halloween and the Day of the Dead. Recommended for ages 5-8.
Cristina Keeps a Promise (Virginia Kroll) - Cristina can't believe that her favorite author will be in town for a book signing! She plans to go. But when it conflicts with the Special Olympics event that she promised her brother she would attend, she has an important decision to make. Recommended for ages 6-9.
The Claudia Cristina Cortez Series (Diana G. Gallagher) - Just like every other thirteen-year-old girls, Claudia Cristina Cortez has a complicated life. These honest, humorous, and hopeful stories, told by Claudia herself, give readers a glimpse into the life of a regular 21st century girl. Whether she's studying for the big Quiz Show, babysitting her little neighbor, Nick, avoiding mean Jenny Pinsky, planning the seventh-grade dance, or trying desperately to pass the swimming test at camp, Claudia goes through her complicated life with confidence, cleverness, and a serious dash of cool. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Cristina
Famous People Named Cristina - Cristina Saralegui (Cuban-American talk show host); Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (President of Argentina); Cristina Pérez (judge); Cristina Scabbia (Italian singer); Cristina D'Avena (Italian singer/actress); Cristina Torrens Valero (Spanish tennis player)
Children of Famous People Named Cristina
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Cristina - Luciano Pavarotti (opera singer)
Cristina - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Cristina - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Cristina.
Personality of the Girl Name Cristina
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Cristina