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What does Caitlyn mean?

Caitlyn Pronunciation of Caitlyn [cait-lyn] as a girls' name. Caitlyn means "pure". Caitlyn is an alternate spelling of Caitlin (Old French, Greek). Caitlyn is also a derivative of Kaitlin.

Associated with: pure (virgin).


Caitlyn has 18 variants: Caetlin, Caitlan, Caitlann, Caitlinn, Caitlyne, Caitlynn, Catlain, Catlin, Catline, Catlyn, Catlynn, Kaitlan, Kaitlann, Kaitleen, Kaitlinn, Kaitlyn, Kaitlynn and Kaitlynne.

29 more alternative forms via Caitlin, Kaitlin: Caelin, Caelyn, Cailen, Cailene, Cailyn, Cailynn, Cait, Caiti, Caitie, Caitilin, Caitland, Caitlandt, Caitlen, Caitrin, Caity, Calen, Calin, Calyn, Calynn, Catelan, Catelyn, Catelynn, Cayelin, Caylen, Caylin, Caylyn, Katelyn, Kathlyn and Kayelyn.

Creative forms:
(female) Camlyn, Cialyn, ..

(male) Caitby, Caitwyn, ..

Middle name pairings:
Caitlyn Ariel (C.A.), ..

How popular is Caitlyn?

Caitlyn is a very prominent first name for females (#1647 out of 4276, Top 39%) but an unusual surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Caitlyn was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its top position of #115 in the U.S. in the year 1998, and is currently at #599. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Caitlyn (#599 from current records) appearing in the Top 2000 are Caelyn, Cailyn (#1343 from current records), Caitlan, Caitlin (#609), Caitlynn, Catelyn, Catlin, Caylin, Kaitlan, Kaitlin (#1347), Kaitlyn (#197), Kaitlynn (#997), Katelyn (#239) and Kathlyn. Usage of these forms of Caitlyn reached its peak in 2000 (adoption of 1.7%) and has become much lower since (adoption 0.3%, 84% less), with forms like Katelyn becoming less stylish.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caitlynn, Catelyn, Catlin, Caylin, Kaitlan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kaitlin, Kaitlyn, Kaitlynn, Katelyn, Kathlyn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Caitlyn, Caitlin, Kaitlin, Kaitlyn, Katelyn outside U.S.

Similar Names

Caitlyn is pronounced similarly to Catleen, Katlin, Katlyn, Katlyne, Katlynn and Kitlyn. Other suggested similar names are Aislyn, Caileen, Cailey, Cailin, Cain, Caitey, Caitrine, Callan, Cally, Camryn, Caralyn, Caralynn, Carilyn, Carlan, Carlen, Carllen, Carlyn, Carollyn, Carolyn, Carolynn, Carrolyn, Carryn, Carylon, Caryn, Catalin, Catey, Cathlyne, Cathryn, Cathye (see Catherine), Catlina, Catrin, Cecelyn, Charalyn, Charelyn, Cherlyn, Coralyn, Cristalyn, Daelyn, Darlyn, Darolyn, Darylyn, Harolyn, Jacalyn, Jacelyn, Jaklyn, Jamilyn, Jaslyn, Jazlyn, Kaelyn, Kailyn, Kalyn, Kamlyn, Karalyn, Karolyn, Kaylyn, Laralyn, Madalyn, Madelyn, Madilyn, Madlyn, Maralyn, Marelyn, Marillyn, Marilyn, Marylyn, Pamelyn, Shailyn, Taralyn and Taylyn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Caitlyn.

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