Sicily, which is located off Southwestern Italy and incorporates the island of Sicily itself, the area of Naples, and the southern part of the Italian peninsula. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Cristina was derived from the Latin given name Cristianus, which means belonging to Christ.
Early Origins of the Cristina family
Early History of the Cristina family
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Cristina Spelling Variations
local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Cristina. These spelling variations include Cristini, Cristani, Cristano, Cristino, Cristina, De Cristina and many more.
Early Notables of the Cristina family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cristina family to the New World and Oceana
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Cristina Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Cristina (post 1700)
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