Christine (name)

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Pronunciation /krˈstn/ kri-STEEN
Gender mainly Female with a rare Male [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, Christina, Kristine, Kristina

Christine is a feminine name of Greek or Egyptian origin. It is derived from the word Christ, derives from the Koine Greek word Christós, ultimately derived from the Egyptian kheru, "word" or "voice",[3][4] used to replace the Biblical Hebrew term mashiach, "anointed".[5] 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)

克莉丝汀(kèlìsītīng) (Chinese)

  • 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 Lagarde (born 1956), Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  • Christine Teunissen (born 1985), a Dutch Senator
  • 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

Females in sports[edit]

Males in sports[edit]

In entertainment[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c 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. ^ Brewer, Willis. "Egyptian origin of the word Christ". Southern Illinois University. 
  4. ^ Palo, John. "Mystic gifts". 
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