Quick Facts on Karina
- Nordic, Slavic
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Pure one, innocent
Characteristics of Karina
Etymology & Historical Origin - Karina
Karina is an elaboration of Karin. Karin, in turn, is the Swedish and Norwegian equivalent of Katherine (similar to the Danish Karen). Katherine is the English form of the more typically French name Catherine, which was borne by a popular Christian saint martyred in Alexandria, Egypt in the 4th century, and a favorite in medieval times when the popularity of the name grew. The etymology of Katherine is debated, but it is possible she shares her roots with the name Hecate, Greek goddess of the wilderness, childbirth, and crossroads. The 4th-Century Saint Catherine of Alexandria, nicknamed 'the pure one,' was a Christian martyr tortured on the wheel for upholding her religious beliefs. The 'h' in the English form was introduced in the 16th century, a folk etymology that dates from Roman times when the name was associated with the Greek ‘katharos’' meaning 'pure.' Our modern use of the Greek-derived “catharsis,” (to purge or cleanse), also lends to C/Katherine's association with ideas of purity and innocence. Karina is also considered a short form of Katarina and Katrina. Karin and Karina are popular names in many of the Nordic countries (Sweden, Finland, Holland), Slavic nations (Russia, Poland, Slovenia) and also in Greece and Germany.
Popularity of the Name Karina
The female name Karina first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1969 and immediately grew in usage throughout the 1970s and 80s. By the mid-1990s, Karina even almost made the Top 100 list of most commonly used girl names in America. In the past 15 years, Karina has been on the decline, but appears to be leveling off near the end of the Top 300 list now. This name has been particularly popular among Latino-Americans, and has seen most of its success in the states of California, Arizona and Texas (in fact, Karina is ranked on the Top 100 list in Mexico). It’s a beautiful yet different rendition of the more traditional Katherine. It’s got a cosmopolitan sensibility and a simple elegance that softens up the stronger Katherine or Katarina.
Popularity of the Girl Name Karina
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Karina
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Karina
Karina We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Karina.
Popular Songs on Karina
Karina - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Karina.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Karina
Karina - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character with the first name Karina.
Famous People Named Karina
Famous People Named Karina - Karina (Spanish singer); Karina Pasian (singer/pianist); Karina Lombard (actress/model); Karina Petroni (surfer); Karina Gauvin (Canadian soprano); Karina Habšudová (Slovakein tennis player); Karina Jett (professional poker player)
Children of Famous People Named Karina
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Karina - Dustin Hoffman (actor); Melina Kanakaredes (actress)
Karina - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Karina - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Karina.
Personality of the Girl Name Karina
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Karina