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Origin of the name CHRISTINA.
Etymology of the name CHRISTINA.
Meaning of the baby name CHRISTINA.

  

CHRISTINA.  Latin name meaning "Christian," "follower of Christ."  Usage: America, England, Greece (Χριστίνα), Holland, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

It was at Antioch the disciples came to be called Christianoi, a Greek word with a Latin termination, the title that they accepted as their highest glory, and which has ever since been the universal and precious designation of a believer.  The first person who is known to have been baptized after this title, was St. Christina, a Roman virgin of patrician birth, who was martyred in 295.  Her marvellous legend declares that she was thrown into lake Bolsena, with a mill-stone round her neck, but that she floated to the surface, supported by angels, and that she was at last shot to death with arrows; and her fame traveled to Italy, Greece, Bohemia, and Hungary, from which last place the Atheling family brought it to England and Scotland in the person of Christina, Abbess of Romsey. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)

Neither Queen Christina of Sweden, nor Queen Christina of Spain, can be looked upon as ornaments to their name, unfortunately.
     Christina of Sweden, the only child of Gustavus Adolphus, was only a little girl of six years old when she succeeded to the throne in 1632, and was not formally crowned until 1650.  For four years she governed her kingdom wisely, and endeavoured to encourage learning and the arts, but she then abdicated in favour of her cousin Charles Gustavus, left Sweden, embraced the Roman religion, and led a life of dissipation.  Upon the death of her cousin in 1660 she returned to Sweden, but her change of religion and her evil life combined to make her former subjects decline to reinstate her in the sovereignty.  She died in 1689.
     Queen Christina of Spain, who was born in 1806 and who died in 1878, was the mother of Queen Isabella, and was appointed queen-regent during her daughter's minority; but she secretly married an officer of the guards, Fernando Munoz, and in 1840 was compelled to abdicate.  She so roused the resentment of the Spaniards by her constant support of arbitrary and tyrannical measures, that she was at last driven into exile, and died at Havre. (Girls' Christian Names, Swan, 1905)

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