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Gender: Female Meaning of Regina: "queen" Origin of Regina: Latin Regina's Popularity in 2017: #417

The name Regina is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "queen". Regina is ranked #417 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Ruler or Royal and discussed in our forums with posts like "This or That, Girls".

From the experts:

A classic name with regal elegance--Queen Victoria, like other queens, had Regina appended to her name. She was a Top 100 name in the 1960s.

St. Regina was a third century virgin martyr and her name was originally bestowed on girls in the Middle Ages, but it is used by modern Roman Catholics more because Regina Coeli (Queen of Heaven) is one of the Virgin Mary's titles. Often found in literature, Regina Engstrand plays a role in Ibsen's Ghosts, Regina Giddens is the central character in Lillian Hellman's play The Little Foxes and Regina Durham appears in Gore Vidal's novel The Judgement of Paris; more recently she was a mean girl in the movie Mean Girls. Regina is the birth name of actress Jenna Fisher.

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Famous People Named Regina

Saint Regina, French virgin-martyr
Regina Helene Elizabeth Margarete of Saxe-Meiningen, Crown Princess consort of Otto von Habsburg
Regina, concubine of Charlemagne and mother of two of his children
Regina Marie "Jenna" Fischer, American actress
Regina (born Irena Jalšovec), Slovenian singer
Regina Belle, American singer/actress
Regina Resnik, American opera singer
Regina Encarnacion Ansong Velasquez, Filipina singer and actress
Regina Carter, American jazz violinist
Regina Marcia Benjamin, 18th U.S. Surgeon General
Regina Ilyinichna Spektor, Russian-American singer-songwriter
Regina Aparecida "Queen" Saraiva, Brazilian pop singer
Regina Aleksandrovna Kulikova, Russian tennis player
Regina King, American actress
Regina Hall, American actress
Regina Ip, Hong Kong politician
Regina Taylor, American actress
Regina M. Anderson, American playwright
Regina Brett, American journalist and author
(Verla) Eileen (Regina) Brennan, American actress
Regina Sarfaty Rickless, American operatic mezzo-soprano
Regina Leigh and Regina Nicks, singers in American country duo Regina and Regina
Regina Protmann, beatified German nun
Regina Richards, American pop singer
Regina Cassandra, Indian actress
Regina Protmann, Polish blessed nun
Regina Szafraniec, illegitimate daughter of the Polish king Zygmunt I the Old
Regina (Elżbieta, Agnieszka) Danysz-Fleszarowa, Polish social activist, politician, senator and co-founder of Democratic Party
Regina Maria Pisarek, Polish singer
Regina Audoglio (b. 2013), daughter of singer Soledad Pastorutti and Jeremías Audoglio
Regina Sultanova, Kazakhstani rhythmic gymnast

Pop Culture References for the name Regina

Regina Hubbard Giddens, main character in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes (1939)
Regina Durham, character in Gore Vidal's "The Judgement of Paris"
Regina Engstrand, character in Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts"
Regina George, character in the movie "Mean Girls"
Regina Mills, character on TV's "Once Upon a Time"
Regina Berry, character in video game 'Ace Attorney'
Regina 'Reggie' Kostas, character on TV's "Becker"
Regina Phalange, pseudonym used by Phoebe on TV's "Friends"
Regina Vasquez, character on TV's "Switched at Birth"
Regina/Toypurnia, mother of Zorro in Isabel Allende's novel Zorro (2005)
Regina "Reggie" Rocket, character in animated series "Rocket Power"
Regina Curtis, character in video game "Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk"
Regina Rich, character in the Richie Rich series
Regina, main character in short film "One-Minute Time Machine"
Regina "Regine" Hunter, character on TV's "Living Single"
Regina, main character of the video game series Dino Crisis
"Regina," opera by Albert Lortzing and its main character
Regina "Reggie" Lampert, character in 1963 comedy-mystery film "Charade"
Regina, main character in "I Am Regina"
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada (pronounced Re-JYE-na)
Regina, Latin title for a regnant queen

Reggy, Raine, Raina, Reggie, Reggi

Regina's International Variations

Reinhilda, Gina, Reinhilde (German) Rani (Hindi) Régine, Reinette, Regan, Reine, Regia (French) Ina (Polish) Rane (Norwegian) Reina, Reyna (Spanish) Rana, Rania (Norse)


Daiseymae Says:


You are right that they mostly would use the "ra-gee-nah" pronunciation.

Leah_ Says:


Omg I love Regina Spektor!

Daiseymae Says:


You are right.

Mhill46 Says:


I think it's such a well-established name it wouldn't be a huge problem.

Leah_ Says:


That's true. I never thought about the pronunciation that rhymes with the body part until I saw it on NB. I think the name would be pretty safe to use in the United States because most people haven't heard the pronunciation reg-eye-na

Daiseymae Says:


People still can be mean about it It isn't a bad name.

Leah_ Says:


All the women named Regina that I know pronounce it "re-jean-a" instead of "rug-eye-nah"

Daiseymae Says:


Too close to a body part. The child might be made fun of in school.

NameLover 11 Says:


I think of Regina (aka the evil queen) fromt he show Once Upon A Time. I do like the nickname Gina.

Netta5187 Says:


Lovely name!

ValentinaV.S. Says:


I agree! She's awesome.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Stylish and attractive

Hamilton Says:


It's usually pronounced 'reg EYE na' when used in a queen's title.

Regina27Joe Says:


I think I love my name Regina it makes me feel confident and not a mean girl

Michaela Says:


Regina Spektor is a perfect namesake, to me. I honestly wouldn't mind naming a future kid after her!

Lil Says:


Not when pronounced correctly (like Re-jean-ah...) See my comment.

Lil Says:


My mom's name, pronounced Rih-jean-ah. It's a beautiful name... that said, NOBODY pronounces it "reg EYE na". I promise.

farmergirl Says:


My aunt's name. It's pronounced re-GENE-uh.

Zelliew Says:


It's not a popular name. I do like the variation Gina.

eveyalecia Says:


I used to really like this name, but now all I can think of is the Mean Girl.

wavygirl Says:


sounds SO wrong...

unicornluvgirl Says:


Beautiful, elegant name