Karina is either a variant spelling of Carina, a Late Latin name derived from carus meaning “dear, beloved” though it may also be from Latin carina meaning “keel”, referring to the keel of a ship and is also the name of a constellation. In Greek myth, Carina is the name of the keel of the ship Argo Navis, which is also the name of a constellation Carina is part of as well as being the name of the ship Jason and the Argonuats sailed on. Karina is also an elaborated form of Karin, the Scandinavian form of Katherine, the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads, from hekas possibly meaning “far off” though another theory states it comes from a Greek word meaning “will”. It might also be derived from Greek aikia “torture”. Katherine could also be from a Coptic name meaning “my consecration of your name”. The spelling of the name was later changed to be associated with Greek katharos “pure”.
Origin: Latin, Ancient Greek, Coptic
- Carina (English, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Late Roman, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
- Karin (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Finnish, English)
- Karine (Norwegian, French)