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Quick Facts on Kristina

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • German, Nordic, Russian, Slavic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 770
kris-TEEN-ə (English); kris-TEE-nah (German)
Simple meaning:
Anointed, follower of Christ

Characteristics of Kristina

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Kristina

Kristina is the German, Scandinavian, Slavic and Russian form of Christina, which itself is a feminized version of the Medieval Latin name Christianus meaning (quite obviously) “a Christian”. Ultimately, the Latin word for a Christian is derived from the Greek 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). Names like Christian, Christiana, Christina and Christine have been in use since the Middle Ages but did not become widely common until the 17th century. Christina of Sweden became Queen of Sweden at her coronation in 1650 but abdicated four years later 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! Kristina is a form of this name used throughout Eastern and Northern Europe primarily. It is ranked highest in Slovenia and Croatia. English speakers tend to favor Christine (French) and Christina (Latin).

Popularity of the Name Kristina

In the United States today, the name Christina is the most popular spelling variation of the “Christian” female names, but Kristina is currently in second place. Kristina first appeared on the American female naming charts in 1945 and by the 1960s it became clear that she was on her way to the Top 100. Kristina did become a Top 100 favorite girl’s name in the early 1970s and she would hold this honor for 20 straight years (falling off the list in 1993). Even though Kristina is more of a Slavic, German or Scandinavian way of spelling Christina, Americans have readily embraced this form of the name. Still, these Christian names are definitely not as popular as they once were – especially in the 1970s and 80s. Even the most popular Christina is barely hanging onto the Top 300 list today making all of these Chris/Kris names a little out of style. Yet there’s something about these names which transcend mere style and fashion. These names are classically beautiful and hold strong importance among Christians.
Popularity of the Girl Name Kristina
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kristina

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Kristina

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kristina

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

  • Popular Songs on Kristina

    Popular Songs on Kristina

    Kristina - a song by Rick Springfield

    Kristina She Don't Know I Exist - a song by Catch 22

    Kristina She Don't Know I Exist - by Streetlight Manifesto

    Love, Kristina - a song by Kristina Olsen

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Kristina

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Kristina

    Kristina, 1904: "The Greenhorn Girl" (Elizabeth Claire) - Kristina, 1904 is a historical novel based on the true stories of a 14-year old Slovak immigrant to the United States in 1904. Her story illustrates the fact that even though travel, technology, and native country origins have changed, the reasons for coming to America, and the struggles, sacrifices, and courage required of an immigrant remain similar. Suitable eye-opening reading for the now comfortable great great grandchildren of former immigrants as well as a cathartic and gripping view of immigration for today's newcomers. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Kristina: The Girl King, Sweden, 1638 (Carolyn Meyer) - Carolyn Meyer, author of best-selling Royal Diaries of Isabel and Anastasia, now brings to the series this compelling story of Kristina, The Girl King, from 17th-century Sweden. Upon discovering that their newborn infant was, in fact, female and not male as first thought, Queen Marie Eleonore wailed inconsolably and King Gustavus Adolphus declared, nevertheless, that the child be raised as a prince. At age six, upon the death of her father, the child Kristina, was proclaimed King of Sweden, with regents assigned to council until she assumes the throne at age eighteen. And indeed, her life followed her father's plan. In her diary, covering mainly her 12th year, she describes learning from the finest tutors, engaging in fencing and horseback riding, and being schooled in the laws and practices of the Swedish government. She is intellectually curious and takes her role as prince-in-training seriously. The story is full of tutoring sessions and frequent disputes with Kristina's combative mother. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Kristina

    Famous People Named Kristina

    Famous People Named Kristina - Kristina (Slovakian singer); Kristina Lenko (Canadian figure skater); Kristina Schröder (German politician); Kristina Brandi (Puerto Rican tennis player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Kristina

    Children of Famous People Named Kristina

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Kristina - Corazon Aquino (former President of the Philippines)

  • Historic Figures

    Kristina - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Kristina

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 - Kristina

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