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What does Caitlin mean?

Caitlin Pronunciation of Caitlin [caitlin] as a girls' name is pronounced KATE-lin, kat-LEEN, KOIT-leen, KATH-leen. It is of Old French and Greek origin, and the meaning of Caitlin is "pure". Caitlín is the Irish Gaelic form of Cateline, which is the Old French form of Katherine, whose source is the Greek name Aikaterine. See also Catherine.

Associated with: greek, pure (virgin), old.


Caitlin has 53 variants: Caelin, Caelyn, Caetlin, Cailen, Cailene, Cailyn, Cailynn, Cait, Caiti, Caitie, Caitilin, Caitlan, Caitland, Caitlandt, Caitlann, Caitlen, Caitlinn, Caitlyn, Caitlyne, Caitlynn, Caitrin, Caity, Calen, Calin, Calyn, Calynn, Catelan, Cateline, Catelinn, Catelyn, Catelynn, Catlain, Catlin, Catline, Catlyn, Catlynn, Catriona, Cayelin, Caylen, Caylin, Caylyn, Kaitlan, Kaitlann, Kaitlin, Kaitlinn, Kaitlyn, Kaitlynn, Katelan, Katelin, Katelyn, Katelynn, Kayelin and Kayelyn.

Affiliated girl names: Cathleen and Kaylin.

31 more alternative forms via Cateline, Catherine, Katherine: Caitey, Caitria, Caitrine, Caitrinn, Caitriona, Carin, Carrin, Catalin, Catalina, Cataline, Cathelin, Cathi, Cathie, Cathline, Cati, Catia, Catie, Catina, Catlaina, Catlina, Catrin, Catrina, Catrine, Kaitie, Kaitlinne, Kaitrin, Kaitrine, Kaitrinn, Katalin, Katline and Kaylin.

Creative forms:
(female) Caltlin, Citlin, ..

(male) Caifin, ..

Middle name pairings:
Caitlin Tia (C.T.), ..

How popular is Caitlin?

Caitlin is a very prominent first name for women (#560 out of 4276, Top 13%) but an unusual last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Caitlin entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its peak rank of #50 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is presently at #609. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caitlin name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Caitlin outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular alternative forms of Caitlin (#609 from current records) are Katherine (#84 from current records), Catherine (#179), Kaitlyn (#197), Katelyn (#239), Catalina (#325), Caitlyn (#599), Kaylin (#619), Katelynn (#654), Kaitlynn (#997), Cailyn (#1343), Kaitlin (#1347), Kaitlan, Caylin, Katelin, Catriona, Catina, Catelyn, Carin, Caitlynn, Caitlan, Cathi, Cathie, Catlin, Caelyn, Cathleen and Catrina. Adoption of these forms of Caitlin was widespread among parents 2 decades ago (average #1115) and is now much less (#1377, down 72.4%), with versions like Kaitlynn going out of style. Katherine is more familiar than the rest, although Catalina seems to be gaining favor too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caitlin, Caelyn, Cailyn, Caitlan, Caitlyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caitlynn, Carin, Catalina, Catelyn, Catherine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cathi, Cathie, Cathleen, Catina, Catlin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Catrina, Caylin, Kaitlan, Kaitlin, Kaitlyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kaitlynn, Katelin, Katelyn, Katelynn, Katherine, Kaylin in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Caitlin, Caitlyn, Catherine, Catriona, Kaitlin outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kaitlyn, Katelyn, Katherine outside U.S.

Similar Names

Caitlin is alike in pronunciation to Catleen, Kaitleen, Katlin, Katlyn and Kitlyn. Other suggested similar names are Aislin, Baibin, Cabalina, Cacelia, Caelan, Caila, Caileen, Cailie, Cailin, Caisi, Caisie, Calie, Callan, Callen, Calli, Callia, Callie, Camelia, Camillia, Caoilinn, Caralia, Caralin, Caraline, Caralyn, Cardin, Carilyn, Carlan, Carli, Carlie, Carlin, Carlina, Carline, Carling, Carlis, Carllen, Carmin, Carolien, Carolin, Carolina, Caroline, Carolyn, Carylon, Castalia, Cathia, Caylia, Ceili, Charalin (see Cherilyn), Charelin (see Cherilyn), Chastin, Chiquin, Cili, Cilia, Coralin, Cristin, Darylin, Eaglin, Eilin, Jacalin, Jacklin, Jaclin, Jasolin, Kaelin, Kailin, Kalin, Karolin, Kathlin, Katrin, Madlin, Marlin and Taylin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Caitlin.

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