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What does Cathleen mean?

Cathleen Pronunciation of Cathleen [cath-leen] as a girls' name is pronounced kath-LEEN. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Cathleen is "pure". From Caitlin; variant spelling of Kathleen.

Associated with: greek, pure (virgin).


Cathleen has 4 variants: Cathaleen, Catleen, Catlin and Catline.

Related girl names: Catherine and Katherine.

20 more different relations via Caitlin, Kathleen: Cailen, Caitlen, Calen, Catelan, Catelinn, Catelyn, Catelynn, Catlain, Catlyn, Catlynn, Caylen, Kathaleen, Kathleena, Kathlena, Kathlene, Kathleyn, Kathlin, Kathlyn, Kathlynn and Katleen.

Creative forms:
(female) Calleen, Cathlie, ..

(male) Cathley, Cathlin, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cathleen Ariyah (C.A.), ..

How popular is Cathleen?

Cathleen is a very prominent first name for females (#657 out of 4276, Top 15%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Cathleen entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its top position of #282 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not listed currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Caitlin (#609 in recent rankings), Catelyn, Catherine (#179), Catlin, Kathaleen, Katherine (#84), Kathleen (#830), Kathlene and Kathlyn are the prominent related forms of Cathleen rated in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Catelinn, are uncommon. These forms of Cathleen were favored in the 1950s (adoption of 2.36%) and have become significantly less widespread since (adoption 0.42%, 82%), with versions such as Cathleen becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cathleen, Caitlin, Catelyn, Catherine, Catlin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kathaleen, Katherine, Kathleen, Kathlene, Kathlyn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Caitlin, Catherine, Katherine, Kathleen outside U.S.

Similar Names

Cathleen is alike in pronunciation to Cathlene, Cathline and Cathlyne. Other recommended names are Ashleen, Caetlin, Cahlie, Caileen, Caitilin, Caitlan, Caitlann (see Caitlin), Caitlinn, Caitlyn, Caitlynn, Calee, Caleen, Callee, Caralee, Caraleen (see Caroline), Caraleena, Careen, Carileen (see Caroline), Carlee, Carleen, Carleena, Carlen, Carllen, Carolee, Carolien, Cataleen, Catalin, Cataline, Cateline, Catharin, Cathe, Cathee, Catheirn (see Catherine), Cathelina, Cathenne, Catheren, Catherin, Cathirin, Cathiryn, Cathrinn (see Catherine), Cathrynn, Cathye (see Catherine), Cathyleen (see Catherine), Catlaina (see Catherine), Catlina, Catreen, Catreena, Caylee, Cayleen, Coleen, Colleen, Earleen, Etheleen, Faeleen, Jackleen, Jaeleen, Jakleen, Jasleen, Jayleen, Kaitleen, Kaleen, Karaleen, Karleen, Kataleen, Kathee, Kayleen, Marleen, Mayleen, Nataleen, Rayleen, Sasheen and Taleen. These names tend to be less commonly used than Cathleen.

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