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Rina (F)>

Rina (female)

Variants:Ríona (F)
Diminutive for:Arthurina (F) Hectorina (F) Peterina (F)
Can be spelt:Rena (F)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP

Personal research

1. Irish Anglicised form of Riona from Gaelic "queen".

2. English short form or pet name for girl's names ending in "-rina", see examples, above.  [See also Ina.]

It has long been a practice in Scotland for girls' names to be formed from a boy's name with the addition of -ina at the end [e.g. Peterina, Hectorina, Arthurina, etc]. Occasionally the boy's name has been slightly modified to make for a more melodious name, e.g. Alexandrina from Alexand(e)r + -ina

Note that the -ina/-rina ending also occurs on relevant names in some old documents in Latin - with appropriate case modifications.

For a full list of names on this site ending in -rina, search on *rina.