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What does Katharine mean?

Katharine Pronunciation of Katharine [katharine] as a girls' name is a Greek name, and the meaning of the name Katharine is "pure". Katharine is a version of Catherine (Greek): from katharos. Katharine is also a form of Katherine (Greek).

Associated with: greek, pure (virgin).


Katharine has 19 variants: Catharin, Catharine, Catharyne, Catheren, Catherin, Catherinn, Catheryn, Cathirin, Cathiryn, Katharyn, Katharyne, Katherin, Katheryn, Katheryne, Katherynn, Kathirin, Kathiryn, Kathirynn and Kathyrine.

37 more related forms via Catherine, Katherine: Cataline, Catarina, Catarine, Caterine, Cathaline, Catharina, Catharyna, Catherina, Cathline, Cathrine, Cathrinn, Cathryne, Catrine, Kaitrine, Katalin, Katalina, Katarina, Katerina, Kathelina, Katheline, Katherina, Kathie, Kathlene, Kathline, Kathlyne, Kathrene, Kathrina, Kathrine, Kathrinna, Kathryn, Kathryne, Kathrynn, Katlaina, Katline, Katriane, Katrina and Katrine.

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Middle name pairings:
Katharine Sawyer (K.S.), ..

How popular is Katharine?

Katharine is a very prominent first name for women (#661 out of 4276, Top 15%) but an uncommon last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Katharine reached its apex rank of #204 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Katharine are Katherine (#84 from recent data), Catherine (#179), Kathryn (#319), Katalina (#787), Katerina (#1158), Katrina (#1167), Katarina (#1349), Kathie, Kathryne, Kathlene, Kathrina, Kathrine, Katheryne, Katherin, Cathrine, Catheryn, Catharine, Katharyn, Katherina, Catarina and Katheryn. Other variants, like Cathaline, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Katharine was common in the year 1991 (usage of 1.68%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.48%, down 71%). Katherine is a perennial favorite, although Katalina appears to be becoming a favorite too, while versions such as Katrina have become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Katharine, Catarina, Catharine, Catherine, Catheryn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cathrine, Katalina, Katarina, Katerina, Katharyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Katherin, Katherina, Katherine, Katheryn, Katheryne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kathie, Kathlene, Kathrina, Kathrine, Kathryn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kathryne, Katrina in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Catherine, Katherine, Kathryn, Katrina outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Arthurine (see Arthuretta), Kaitrin, Kaitrina, Kaitrinn (see Katherine), Kalaine, Karaline, Karine, Karrine, Kateline, Katerinka, Kathaline, Kathlin, Kathlinne, Kathyline (see Kathleen), Kathylyne (see Kathleen), Katianne, Katreina, Katrena, Katriana, Katrice, Katrien, Katrin, Katriona, Katryna, Ketrina, Mazarine, Nataline and Nathalie. These names tend to be less frequently used than Katharine.

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