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What does Katherine mean?

Katherine Pronunciation of Katherine [kather-ine] 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. 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.

Associated with: greek, pure (virgin), goddess, magic, empress (queen), great, russia, modern.


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.

11 more different relations via Catherine, Katharine: Caterine, Cathelin, Cathenne, Catheren, Catherin, Catherinn, Cathern, Cathryne, Katerinka, Katharyne and Katherynn.

Creative forms:
(female) Katherna, Katherne, ..

(male) Katherian, Katherinet, ..

Middle name pairings:
Katherine Iyana (K.I.), ..

How popular is Katherine?

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)

Katherine reached its top rank of #25 in the U.S. in the year 1991, and is currently at #84. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Caitlin (#609 from current records), Caren, Cari, Carin, Caron, Carri, Caryn, Cassey, Cassi, Cassie (#1264), Catalina (#325), Catarina, Cate, Catharine, Catherine (#179), Cathern, Catheryn, Cathie, Cathleen, Cathrine, Cathryn, Cathy, Catina, Catrina, Catriona, Kaitlin (#1347), Kaitlyn (#197), Karen (#504), Karena, Kari (#1817), Karin, Karina (#462), Karon, Karri, Karyn, Kasha, Kassi, Kassie, Katalina (#787), Katarina (#1349), Kate (#222), Katelyn (#239), Katerina (#1158), Katey, Katharine, Katharyn, Katherin, Katherina, Katheryn, Katheryne, Kathi, Kathie, Kathleen (#830), Kathlene, Kathrina, Kathrine, Kathryn (#319), Kathryne, Kathy (#1676), Kati, Katie (#309), Katina, Katrena, Katrina (#1167), Katy (#1547), Katya, Kay, Kaye, Kayla (#115), Kaylin (#619), Kit, Kittie, Kitty, Rina, Trina and Trinette are the popular varying forms of Katherine (#84 from current records). Other forms, like Cathenne, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Katherine was well-received during the years 1950-1959 (adoption of 6.6%) and has become much diminished since (adoption 1.2%, 81% less), with versions such as Katarina becoming less in vogue. Catalina and Katalina are two of the more trendy girl names here.

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Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kit, Kittie, Kitty, Rina, Trina, Trinette 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.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Arthurine (see Arthuretta), Athene, Carine, Cathlene, Catline, Chorine, Etheline, Frederine, Kadienne, Kaelene, Kaelie, Kaelin, Kaitrina, Kalene, Kameren, Kamerin, Kammeron, Kamrin, Karene, Karine, Karinne, Karlein (see Caroline), Karrine, Karyne, Katelan, Katelijn, Katelin, Kateline, Katelinn (see Katelyn), Katelynne, Kathaline, Kathe, Kathey, Kathlena, Kathlin, Kathlinne, Kathlyn, Kathlynn, Kathyline (see Kathleen), Kathylyne (see Kathleen), Katlin, Katlynne, Katreena, Katreina, Katrice, Katriel, Katrin, Katrisa, Kayelin, Kerrine, Ketreina, Ketrina, Korrine, Larine, Laurine, Laverine, Madeline, Marceline, Marine, Marthine, Maurine, Mazarine, Micheline, Narine, Nerine, Petrine, Rayleine (see Raina), Ruthine (see Ruth), Sarine, Sherine, Shirine, Verine, Walterine, Zephirine and Zephyrine. These names tend to be less commonly used than Katherine.

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