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Katherine /kath-er-ine/ [3 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced KATH-rin, KATH-er-rin. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Katherine is "pure".

From the word "katharos". The name may also have come from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of magic. Yet another possible source is Greek "aikia", "torture". All these meanings are likely associated with Saint Aikaterine of Alexandria (fourth century), who was born a pagan but died as a Christian martyr. A name in use since at least the third century AD. The early Latin forms Katerina and Caterina became Katharine and Catherine. The French Cateline and English Catlyn came into wider use during the medieval period, and variant spellings and forms were endless. It has been borne by illustrious women such as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, an early martyr; Empress Catherine the Great of Russia; and three of Henry VIII's six wives. Preference in modern times is for the K- spelling, which is closest to the original Greek versions. Actresses Catherine Oxenburg, Catherine Deneuve, Katharine Hepburn, Catherine Zeta-Jones; skater Katarina Witt.


Katherine has 192 variants: Cait, Caitlin, Caitlinn, Caitrin, Caitrine, Caitriona, Caitrionagh, Caity, Caren, Cari, Carin, Caron, Caronne, Carren, Carri, Carrin, Carron, Caryn, Carynn, Cass, Cassey, Cassi, Cassie, Cat, Cataleen, Cataleena, Catalin, Catalina, Cataline, Catarina, Catarine, Cate, Cateline, Caterina, Cathaleen, Cathaline, Catharin, Catharina, Catharine, Catharyna, Catharyne, Cathee, Cathelina, Catherina, Catherine, Catheryn, Cathie, Cathirin, Cathiryn, Cathleen, Cathline, Cathlyne, Cathrine, Cathrinn, Cathryn, Cathrynn, Cathy, Cathye, Cati, Catie, Catina, Catlaina, Catreen, Catreina, Catrin, Catrina, Catrine, Catriona, Catrionagh, Catryna, Caty, Cay, Caye, Ekaterina, Kaatje, Kait, Kaitee, Kaitie, Kaitlin, Kaitlinn, Kaitlyn, Kaitrin, Kaitrine, Kaitrinn, Kaitrinna, Kaitriona, Kaity, Karen, Karena, Kari, Karin, Karon, Karri, Karrin, Karyn, Karynn, Kas, Kasia, Kasienka, Kasja, Kaska, Kass, Kassi, Kassia, Kassie, Kasya, Kat, Kata, Kataleen, Katalin, Katalina, Katarina, Katchen, Kate, Katee, Katell, Katelle, Katena, Katenka, Katerina, Katey, Katha, Katharine, Katharyn, Kathee, Kathelina, Katheline, Katherin, Katherina, Katheryn, Katheryne, Kathi, Kathie, Kathileen, Kathirin, Kathiryn, Kathirynn, Kathleen, Kathlene, Kathleyn, Kathline, Kathlyne, Kathrene, Kathrina, Kathrine, Kathrinna, Kathryn, Kathryne, Kathrynn, Kathy, Kathyrine, Kati, Katica, Katie, Katina, Katinka, Katka, Katla, Katlaina, Katleen, Katline, Katoushka, Katouska, Katrena, Katria, Katriana, Katriane, Katrien, Katrina, Katrine, Katriona, Katrionagh, Katrya, Katryna, Katushka, Katy, Katya, Kay, Kaye, Kaylin, Kit, Kittey, Kitti, Kittie, Kitty, Rina, Trina, Trinchen, Trine, Trinette, Yekaterin and Yekaterina.

Affiliated girl names: Karina, Kasha, Katelyn, Kayla and Kolina.

Katherine has 22 more different forms via Cateline, Catherine, Catlyn, Katharine: Catelinn, Caterine, Catheirn, Cathelin, Cathelle, Cathenne, Catheren, Catherin, Catherinn, Cathern, Cathlene, Cathryne, Catline, Catrice, Katelan, Katelijn, Katelin, Katelyn, Katelynn, Katerinka, Katharyne and Katherynn.

Kreatif forms: Kaitherine, Kaltherine, Katherini. [more]

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Katherine is a very prominent first name for women (#61 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#72905 out of 150436, Top 48%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Katherine for girls. Katherine reached its top rank of #25 in the U.S. in the year 1991, and is currently at #83. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Katherine name in U.S.

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

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Katherine and affiliated names. Caitlin (#496 the previous year), Caren, Cari, Caron, Carri, Caryn, Cassie, Catalina (#365), Caterina, Catharine, Catherine (#170), Cathie, Cathleen, Cathrine, Cathryn, Cathy, Catina, Catrina, Catriona, Kaitlin, Kaitlyn (#158), Karen (#492), Kari, Karin, Karina (#429), Karon, Karri, Karyn, Kassie, Katalina (#823), Katarina, Kate (#207), Katelin, Katelyn (#172), Katelynn (#567), Katerina, Katharine, Katheryn, Kathi, Kathie, Kathleen (#674), Kathrine, Kathryn (#293), Kathryne, Kathy, Kati, Katie (#280), Katina, Katrina, Katy, Kay, Kaye, Kayla (#102), Kaylin (#547), Kittie, Kitty and Trina are the popular varying forms of Katherine (#83 the previous year). Forms like Catrice are uncommon. Adoption of these girl names reached its most widespread during the years 1980-1989 (usage of 0.3212%) and has become much less since (usage 0.1749%, down 45.6%), with versions such as Kaitlin, Karen, Kathleen, Katie and Katrina falling out of style. The more fashionable girl names here are Catalina (#365), Kaitlyn (#158), Kate (#207), Katelyn (#172) and Kayla (#102), with Catalina and Kate going through a rebound in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Katherine, Caitlin, Caren, Cari, Caron in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carri, Caryn, Cassie, Catalina, Caterina in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Catharine, Catherine, Cathie, Cathleen, Cathrine in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cathryn, Cathy, Catina, Catrina, Kaitlin in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Kaitlyn, Karen, Kari, Karin, Karina in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Karon, Karri, Karyn, Kassie, Katalina in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Katarina, Kate, Katelin, Katelyn, Katelynn in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Katerina, Katharine, Katheryn, Kathi, Kathie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Kathleen, Kathrine, Kathryn, Kathryne, Kathy in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Kati, Katie, Katina, Katrina, Katy in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Kay, Kaye, Kayla, Kaylin, Kittie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Kitty, Trina in U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kaitlyn, Karen, Karin, Kate, Katelyn outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kathleen, Kathryn, Katie, Katrina, Kayla outside U.S.