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The Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Christiane family. Their name comes 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.

The name is "very common in some parts of Scotland. Sir Walter Scott tells a story of an unsuccessful gaberlunzie woman who in the bitterness of her disappointment exclaimed: "Are there no Christians here?" and was answered: "Christians! nae, we be a' Elliots and Armstrangs !" [1]

"Christianus was the name of a bishop of Candida Casa (Whithorn) who died at Holm Cultram in 1186." [2]

Early Origins of the Christiane family

The surname Christiane was first found in the north of England, "a familiar North-English font-name, though not wholly confined to the North." [3]

As one would expect the early rolls had mixed entries for the name as both a forename and surname. By example, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Jordan filius Cristine, Kent; Agnes filius Cristine, Cambridgeshire; Brice Cristian, Somerset; and Cristina Alayne, Buckinghamshire.

Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Cristiane Lyttester; and Cristiana atte Tounead. [3]

We would be remiss if we didn't mention the Christian family from the Isle of Man in more detail. On the infamous side, the mutineer Fletcher Christian was from this stock, but notably, the rear-admiral Sir Hugh CloBerry Christian (1747-1798), the Max writer Thomas Christian (d. 1799) and William Christian (1608-1663) the Receiver-General of the Isle of Man claimed the Isle of Man as their homeland.

Early History of the Christiane family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Christiane research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1663, 1608, 1643 and are included under the topic Early Christiane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Christiane Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Christiane has been written as Christian, Cristian, McChristian, McChristianston and others.

Early Notables of the Christiane family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was William Christian (1608-1663), receiver-general of the Isle of Man (famous in Manx history under the name of Illiam Dhône, 'Brown-haired William'), born on 14 April 1608. "He was the third son of Ewan Christian, one of the deemsters or judges of the Isle of Man and deputy-governor of Peel Castle. In 1643 his father made over to him the estate of Ronaldsway. The circumstances of this transaction throw some light on Christian's...
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Ireland Migration of the Christiane family to Ireland

Some of the Christiane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Christiane migration to the United States +

Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Christiane or a variant listed above:

Christiane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Marie Christiane Gothe, who settled in America in 1859

Contemporary Notables of the name Christiane (post 1700) +

  • Claudia Christiane Endler Mutinelli (b. 1991), Chilean footballer, goalkeeper for Valencia CF and the Chile national team
  • Christiane Collange (1930-2023), French journalist and author
  • Christiane Papon (1924-2023), Austrian-born French politician
  • Christiane Hörbiger (1938-2022), Austrian television and film actress, born in Vienna, known for Julia-Eine ungewöhnliche Frau (1999), Black Widow (2001) and Schtonk (1992)
  • Christiane Frenette (b. 1954), Canadian educator and writer from Quebec
  • Christiane Becker (b. 1778), German well-known actress of the time; her early death was mourned by Goethe in his poem "Euphrosyne"
  • Christiane Scrivener (b. 1925), French politician from Mulhouse, France, member of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing's Parti républicain
  • Christiane Rochefort (1917-1998), French feminist writer
  • Christiane Mora (1938-2017), French politician, Mayor of Loches (1989-1995)
  • Christiane Brinkmann (b. 1962), West German athlete, member of the West German national team at the 1982 European Championships

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) on Facebook