[ 3 syll. re-gi-na, reg-ina ] The baby girl name Regina is pronounced Rah-GIYN-ah, Rah-JHAYN-ah or Rah-JHIYN-ah in English, or Reh-GIY-Naa in German and Polish †. Regina is of Latin origin. It is used mainly in English, German, and Polish. It is derived from the word reina with the meaning 'queen'. The name is known from 'Regina Caeli' meaning 'Queen of Heaven', one of the titles bestowed on the Virgin Mary from the 8th century. The name was borne by Saint Regina, a 3rd century virgin martyr in France. The name has consequently been popular among early Chrisitians; it was also often found in the medieval form Reina, as an Anglicized form of the medieval French Reine. The Catholic associations diminished the popularity of the name after the Reformation, but it later saw a revival in the 19th cenutry. The name is used as a Anglicized form of Raghnailt and Riona in Ireland. Regina is the feminine form of the English, French, and German Rex.
Regina is a widely used name; it has 47 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Ragine, Rainie, Rayna (used in Russian and Slavic too), Rega, Regan, Regeana, Regeena, Regenia, Regennia, Reggi, Reggy, Regi, Regia, Regie, Regine (used in French too), Reginette, Reginia, Reginique, Reginna, Regis, Regyna, Rejine, Reyna, and Rina. Other English forms include the shortenings Gina (used in German, and Italian too), Rain, Raina (used in Polish, and Slavic too), and Raine, the diminutives Rainee, Rainey, Raini, and Reggie, and the spelling variants Ragina, Rajena, Regena, Regiena, Rejina, and Rigina.
Forms used in foreign languages include Ina (Polish), Rane (Scandinavian), Reginy (Polish), Reine (French), Reinette (French), Renia (Polish), Régine (French), and Réjane (French). The shortening Reina (Italian and Spanish) is another foreign form.
See also the related form, the German Regula.
Regina is an all-time favorite. At present it is still rather popular as a baby girl name, but to a lesser degree than it was previously. At the height of its usage in 1964, 0.256% of baby girls were named Regina. It had a ranking of #83 then. The baby name has seen a marked decline in frequency since then, and in recent times it is of only modest use. In 2012, it ranked at #581 with a usage of 0.026%, but it was nevertheless the most popular within all girl names in its family. Regina was 32% more popular than the 2nd ranked name, Reyna, in 2012.
Baby names that sound like Regina include Rejina, Rachana, Rachanna, Ragina, Ragine, Raheema, Rahima, Rajanae, Rajanee, Rajaney, Rajani, Rajanie, Rajany, Rajena, Rajnea, Rakkona, Rakona, Rakshona, Ramina, and Ramiya.
† Pronunciation for Regina: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"