Justin, Justine

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “just.”
Eng (JUST-in); zhoo-STEN (French).

The name is derived from the Latin male name, Iustinus, which is derived from Iustus, meaning, “just.”

Justus and Justin were borne by several early Christian saints, including Justin Marytr, a 2nd century Christian philosopher who was beheaded for his faith. It was also borne by a 3rd century Roman historian and two Byzantine emperors.

In the English speaking world, the name was occasionally used in the Middle Ages, but did not hit big till the late 20th-century. Currently, Justin ranks in as the 45th most popular male name, (2008). His rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 94 (Australia, 2008)
  • # 40 (the Netherlands, 2009)
  • # 32 (Canada, B.C., 2008)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Justini (Albanian)
  • Jostin Юстин (Bulgarian)
  • Justí (Catalan)
  • Yestin (Cornish)
  • Justin Јустин (Croatian/Czech/English/Dutch/French/German/Serbian/Slovene)
  • Justinus (Danish/Dutch/English/German/Norwegian/Swedish)
  • Justinian (English)
  • Xustino (Galician)
  • Ioustinos Ιουστίνος (Greek)
  • Jusztin (Hungarian)
  • Jusztinosz (Hungarian)
  • Yustinus (Indonesian)
  • Giustiniano (Italian)
  • Giustino (Italian)
  • Iustinius/Iustinus (Latin)
  • Justinas (Lithuanian)
  • Ġustinu (Maltese)
  • Justyn (Polish)
  • Justino (Portuguese/Spanish)
  • Iustin (Romanian)
  • Yustin Иустин (Russian)
  • Giustinu (Sardinian/Sicilian)
  • Iestyn (Welsh)

Other forms of Justus include:

  • Justus (Danish/Dutch/Finnish/English/German/Norwegian/Swedish)
  • Joos/Joost (Dutch)
  • Juust (Dutch)
  • Juste (French)
  • Jusztusz (Hungarian)
  • Giusto (Italian)
  • Iustus (Latin)
  • Justas (Lithuanian)
  • Just (Polish)

Its French feminine form has received some usage in the English speaking world. In French literature, the name is borne by the protagonist of the Marquis de Sade’s novel of the same name, (1791), which was banned in France when it was first published.

In early Christian Church history, the name was borne by a saint and martyr, considered the patron saint of Padua and attributed as being a disciple of the Apostle Peter in life.

In 2006, Justine was the 37th most  popular female name in France.

Other feminine forms include:

  • Justina (Czech/English/German/Latvian/Lithuanian/Portuguese/Slovene/Spanish)
  • Justýna (Czech)
  • Justine (English/French)
  • Justiina (Finnish)
  • Jusztina (Hungarian)
  • Giusta/Giustina (Italian)
  • Iustina (Latin)
  • Justa (Polish)
  • Justyna (Polish: a common diminutive is Justynka)
  • Justína (Slovak)
  • Ustinya/Yustina Устинья (Russian)

The designated name-days are: March 12 (France), June 1 (France) and June 16 (Latvia).

The name is currently borne by pop singer, Justin Timberlake (b.1978) and American actress, Justine Bateman (b.1966).


  1. Ladó János, Bíró ÁgnesMagyar utónévkönyv. Budapest: Vince Kiadó.(2005)
  2. http://www.askoxford.com/firstnames/justin?view=uk
  3. http://www.askoxford.com/firstnames/justina?view=uk
  4. http://www.askoxford.com/firstnames/justine?view=uk
  5. http://www.behindthename.com/php/related.php?name=justine

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