The Christine family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides
islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland
. The name Christine is derived from the Latin given name Christianus,
which means "belonging to Christ." Christianus was also the name of the 12th century Irish saint and Bishop of Candida Casa, and brother of St. Malachy of Armagh. Thus, the surname Christian became an extremely popular name, particularly in regions of Celtic or Irish influence such as Scotland
, northern England
, and the Isle of Man
. It was also a common given name amongst the Danes and was the name of several Danish kings.
Early Origins of the Christine family
The surname Christine was first found in the Isle of Man
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Christine family
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Christine Spelling Variations
Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. In various documents Christine has been spelled Christian, Cristian, McChristian, McChristianston and others.
Early Notables of the Christine family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Christine family to Ireland
Some of the Christine family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Christine family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers from Scotland
put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence
. As Clan
societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Christine were among those contributors: William Christian who settled in Virginia in 1652; Captain Christian settled in Boston in 1763; Francis Christian settled in Barbados in 1769 with his wife and son Matthew.
Contemporary Notables of the name Christine (post 1700)
- Dame Naomi Christine James DBE (b. 1949), New Zealand sailor, the first woman to sail single-handed around the world via Cape Horn
- Emelia Christine Schaub (1891-1995), American lawyer, Michigan's first elected woman prosecutor
- Kathryn Christine Imrie (b. 1967), born Kathryn Marshall, a Scottish LPGA professional golfer
- Lauren Christine German (b. 1978), American actress, known for her role as Agent Lori Weston in the television series Hawaii Five-0
- Diana Christine Merriweather Ashby (1963-1997), American cancer activist and founder of the Melanoma Research Foundation
- Jodi Christine Phillis (b. 1965), Australian singer-songwriter-guitarist
- Anne Christine Snelgrove (b. 1957), British Labour Party politician
- Bridget Christine Flanery (b. 1970), American actress
- Marisa Christine Coughlan (b. 1974), American actress
- Jolie Christine Rickman (1970-2005), American feminist, humanitarian, singer-songwriter and social activist