Meaning and Name Origin
Catherine \c(a)-theri-ne, cath(e)-rine\ as a girls' 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 212 variants: 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▼, Catharyna, Catharyne, Cathatyna, 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, Catlaina, Catlina, 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, Katha, Katharine▼, Katharyn, Katharyne, Kathee, Kathelina, Katheline, Katherin, Katherina, Katherine, Katheryn▼, Katherynn, Kathi▼, Kathie▼, Kathileen, Kathiryn, Kathleen▼, Kathlene, Kathleyn, Kathline, Kathrine▼, Kathrinna, Kathryn▼, Kathryne▼, Kathy▼, Kathyleen, Kathyrine, Kati▼, Katia▼, Katica, Katie▼, Katina, Katinka, Katinka, Katka, Katla, Katlaina, Katleen, Katoushka, Katouska, Katrena, Katrien, Katrina▼, Katrine, 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.
Catherine has 38 more related variations via Cate, Catharine, Cathy, Katherine, Katie: Cathia, Catina, Catreen, Catreina, Kaatje, Kaite, Kaitee, Kaitlinn, Kaitlyn▲, Kaitrinn, Kas, Kassi, Kassie▼, Katena, Katheryne, Kathirin, Kathirynn, Kathlyne, Kathrene, Kathrina, Kathrynn, Katianne, Katilyn, Katiya, Katline, Katria, Katriana, Katriane, Katrionagh, Katrya, Katt, Kaydee, Kaydi, Kaylin▲, Kittey, Kitti, Rina and Trinchen.
Catherine has 1 masculine form: Catlin.
Catherine is a very popular first name for females (#46 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less popular last name for both adults and children (#74288 out of 88799, Top 84%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Catherine for girls. Catherine reached its highest position of #19 in the U.S. during 1900-1909, and is at #170 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Catherine and associated names. Popular varying forms of Catherine (#170 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000 are Katherine (#83 the previous year), Kaitlyn (#158), Kate (#207), Katie (#280), Kathryn (#293), Catalina (#365), Karen (#492), Caitlin (#496), Kaylin (#547), Kathleen (#674), Katalina (#823), Kathie, Katheryn, Katerina, Katharine, Kathrine, Kathi, Kati, Kaye, Kittie, Kitty, Trina, Kay, Katy, Kathy, Katia, Katina, Katrina, Kathryne, Karyn, Catharine, Caterina, Cathi, Cathie, Cathleen, Cassie, Caryn, Caren, Cari, Caron, Carri, Cathrine, Cathryn, Karin, Karon, Karri, Kassie, Kari, Kaitlin, Cathy, Catina, Catrina, Catriona and Katarina. Usage of these girl names reached its apex during the years 1970-1979 and is now much lower, with forms like Kaitlin, Karen, Katrina, Katie and Kathleen falling out of style. The most trendy names for newborns in this compilation are Catalina (#365), Kate (#207), Kaitlyn (#158), Kaylin (#547) and Caitlin (#496), with Catalina and Kate having a revival in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)