Meaning and name origin
Catherine \c(a)-theri-ne, cath(e)-rine\ as a girl's name is pronounced KATH-rin, KATH-er-in. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Catherine is "pure". From "katharos". The name may also have been derived from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of magic. Another possible source is Greek "aikia" meaning "torture". All these meanings might have been associated with Saint Aikaterine of Alexandria (fourth century), who was born a pagan but died as a Christian martyr. English form of Katherine also used in France. Catharine is the English-only form. One of the great traditional names for women, with variations in many languages. The name of several saints and queens, including Catherine the Great, empress of Russia, and three of Henry VIII's six wives. Modern-day short forms are usually Katie instead of Cathy. Actresses Catherine Oxenberg, Catherine Deneuve, Katherine Hepburn, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Cate Blanchett; Australian track celebrity Cathy Freeman.
Catherine has 211 variant forms: Cadi, Cait, Caitey, Caitie, Caitlin▼, Caitlinn, Caitria, Caitrin, Caitrine, Caitrinn, Caitriona, Caitrionagh, Caity, Caren▼, Cari▼, Carin, Caron, Caronne, Carren, Carri, Carrin, Carron, Caryn▼, Carynn, Cass, Cassey, Cassi, Cassie▼, Cassy, Cat, Cataleen, Cataleena, Catalin, Catalina▲, Cataline, Catarina, Catarine, Cate, Cateline, Caterina, Caterine, Catey, Cath, Catha, Cathaleen, Cathaline, Catharin, Catharina, Catharine▼, Cathatyna, Catharyne, Cathe, Cathee, Catheirn, Cathelin, Cathelina, Cathelle, Cathenne, Catheren, Catherin, Catherina, Catherinn, Cathern, Catheryn, Cathi, Cathie▼, Cathirin, Cathiryn, Cathleen▼, Cathlene, Cathline, Cathlyne, Cathrine▼, Cathrinn, Cathryn▼, Cathryne, Cathrynn, Cathy▼, Cathye, Cathyleen, Cati, Catia, Catie, Catlina, Catlaina, Cato, Catreena, Catrelle, Catrice, Catricia, Catrin, Catrina▼, Catrine, Catrine, Catriona, Catrionagh, Catryna, Catteeka, Caty, Cay, Caye, Cazzy, Ekaterina, Kait, Kaitey, Kaitie, Kaitlin▼, Kaitlinne, Kaitrin, Kaitrine, Kaitrinna, Kaitriona, Kaitrionaugh, Kaity, Karen▼, Karena, Kari▼, Karin▼, Karon▼, Karri, Karrin, Karyn▼, Karynn, Kasia, Kasienka, Kasja, Kaska, Kass, Kassey, Kassia, Kassy, Kasya, Kat, Kata, Kataleen, Katalin, Katalina, Katarina▼, Katchen, Kate▲, Katee, Katelijn, Katell, Katelle, Katenka, Katerina, Katerinka, Katey, Katinka, Katha, Katharine▼, Katharyn, Katharyne, Kathee, Kathelina, Katheline, Katherin, Katherina, Katherine, Katheryn▼, Katherynn, Kathi▼, Kathie▼, Kathileen, Kathiryn, Kathleen▼, Kathlene, Kathleyn, Kathline, Kathyleen, Kathrine▼, Kathrinna, Kathryn▼, Kathryne▼, Kathy▼, Kathyrine, Kati▼, Katia▼, Katica, Katie▼, Katina, Katinka, Katka, Katla, Katlaina, Katleen, Katoushka, Katouska, Katrena, Katrien, Katrine, Katrina▼, Katriona, Katrionaugh, Katryna, Katushka, Katuska, Katy▼, Katya, Kay▼, Kaye▼, Kit, Kittee, Kittie▼, Kitty▼, Riona, Trina▼, Trine, Trinette, Yekaterin and Yekaterina.
For more information, see also the related girl name Cady.
There is 1 masculine form of Catherine: Catlin.
Catherine is a very popular first name for females (#46 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#74288 out of 88799, Top 84%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Catherine for girls. Catherine reached its highest rank of #19 in the U.S. in 1900-1909. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Catherine and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Katherine (#83), Catherine (#170), Kate (#207), Katie (#280), Kathryn (#293), Catalina (#365), Karen (#492), Caitlin (#496), Kathleen (#674), Katalina (#823), Kathrine, Kathie, Katerina, Kathi, Katheryn, Katharine, Kati, Kaye, Kittie, Kitty, Trina, Kay, Katy, Kathy, Katia, Katina, Katrina, Kathryne, Karri, Cate, Caterina, Catharine, Cathi, Cassie, Caryn, Caren, Cari, Caron, Carri, Cathie, Cathleen, Kari, Karin, Karon, Karyn, Kaitlin, Catriona, Cathrine, Cathryn, Cathy, Catrina and Katarina. (2014 statistics).
Catherine is also pronounced similarly to Katheryne. This name tends to be less commonly used than Catherine.