Gina

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Italian
Eng/It (JEE-nah); Germ (GHEE-nah); Grk (YEE-nah)

The name was originally a short form of Regina, Georgina or Luigina, but has been used as an independent given name in Italy, Greece, the English and German-speaking world.

It has been borne by several actresses, including Gina Lollobrigida (b.1927) and Geena Davis (b.1956).

Currently, Gina is the 327th most popular female name in Germany, (2011).

A masculine form is Gino.

Regina

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “queen.”
Eng (reh-JEE-nah); Old Eng (reh-JYE-nah); It (ray-JEE-nah); Sp (rey-HEE-nah); Pol/Russ (reh-GHEE-nah).

The name is of late Latin origins and in the Middle Ages, was popularized by a French saint.

Saint Reine/Regina was a virgin martyr whose cult was especially popular in the area of Autun France. Her feast day is September 7th.

In Medieval England, the name was used as a epithet for the Virgin Mary, referencing her as Queen of Heaven. The name fell out of usage after the Reformation and was revived in the 19th-century.

Other famous Reginas include a concubine to Emperor Charlemagne (708); she was the mother of Drogo and Hugh.

Currently, the name is borne by Regina Spektor (b.1980).

Other forms include:

Regina (Croatian/Dutch/English/German/Italian/Lithuanian/Polish/Romansch/Swedish)
Regína (Czech/Hungarian/Slovak)
Regine (Danish/German/Norwegian)
Regiina (Estonian)
Reine (French: archaic)
Régine (French)
Gina (Italian/English)
Reggina (Italian)
Reginella (Italian)
Reginetta (Italian)
Reina/Reyna (Spanish/Estonian)

An obscure Italian male form is Regino.

Source

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/php/find.php?name=regina