Christine (name)

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Pronunciation /krɨˈstn/ kri-STEEN
Gender mainly Female[1]
Word/name Greek via Latin, Hebrew
Derived from Hebrew word for Messiah
Meaning Follower of Christ[2]
Region of origin North America
Other names
Related names Cristina, Christene, Christina, Kristina, Kristine, Chris

Christine is a feminine name of Greek or Latin origin. It is derived from the word Christ, which is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word "Messiah". As a French variant of the Greek name Christina,[1][3] it is a name in regular usage in French, English, German, Scandinavian, Dutch and Slavic cultures,[1] and it is often associated with the meaning "follower of Christ."[2] Other ways to say Christine are Christina, Kristina, Kristine, Kristen, Kirsten, Hristina, Cristina (most used in Spain and Latin American countries), etc. It is a popular name; for example, in 1968, it was the 14th most frequently-given name for girls in the United States.[1][2] The name Christine can be shortened to Chris or Chrissy (Crissy), with the latter form more common, especially with the younger generation.


  • كريستين (Arabic)
  • Крысцін (Kryscin) (Belarusian)
  • খ্রীস্টিন (Khrīsṭina) (Bengali)
  • Hristina (Bosnian)
  • Кристин (Kristin) (Bulgarian)
  • Χριστίνα (Christína) (Greek)
  • ક્રિસ્ટીન (Krisṭīna) (Gujarati)
  • כריסטין (Hebrew)
  • क्रिस्टीन (Krisṭīna) (Hindi)
  • クリスティーヌ (Kurisutīnu), クリスティーン (Kurisutīn) (Japanese)
  • ಕ್ರಿಸ್ಟಿನ್ (Krisṭin) (Kannada)
  • 크리스틴 (Keuriseutin) (Korean)
  • Кристин (Kristin) (Macedonian)
  • क्रिस्टिन (Krisṭina) (Nepali)
  • کریستین (Persian)
  • Krystyna (Polish)
  • Cristina (Kristina) (Spanish)

Sense and origin of the name[edit]

Generally, the name Christine is given in Christ's honor and in reference to Saint Christina of Tyr, remembered on the 24th of July. However, there are also many other Saint Christines, remembered on 6 February, 13 March for Christine of Persia, 24 March, 18 May for Christine of Ancyre, and 6 November.

People with the given name Christine[edit]


In academia[edit]

In government and politics[edit]

  • Christine Adjobi, an Ivorian politician and physician
  • Christine Albanel (born 1955), a French civil servant, former Minister for Culture and Communication
  • Christine Arguello (born 1955), a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Christine Boutin (born 1944), French politician, former Minister of Housing and Urban Development,former representative of Yvelines
  • Christine A. Varney (born 1955), an American lawyer; former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust at the United States Department of Justice and Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission
  • Christine Lagarde (born 1956), Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund

Males in sports[edit]

Females in sports[edit]

In entertainment[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Campbell, Mike. "Meaning, Origin, and History of the Name Christine." Behind the Name. Accessed on August 1, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Origin and Meaning of the Name Christine." Accessed on August 1, 2010.
  3. ^ "Christina." Greek Names. Accessed on August 1, 2010.