Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name 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).

All About the Baby 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.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL 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.

Quick Facts

ON KRISTINA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

German

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

770

PRONUNCIATION:

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

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Kristina

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME KRISTINA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Kristina

Popular Songs

ON KRISTINA

Kristina She Don't Know I Exist
by Streetlight Manifesto

Love, Kristina
a song by Kristina Olsen

Kristina
a song by Rick Springfield

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

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Kristina

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME KRISTINA

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