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Meaning and name origin

Katherine \k(a)-theri-ne, kath(e)-rine\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: 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, Kasia, Kasienka, Kasja, Kaska, Kasya, Kass, Kassi, Kassia, Kassie, Kas, 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.

For more information, see also related girl names Karina, Kasha, Katelyn, Kayla and Kolina.


Popularity

Katherine is a very popular first name for females (#61 out of 4276, Top 1%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Katherine for girls (2014 statistics).


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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Katherine and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Katherine (#83), Kayla (#102), Kaitlyn (#158), Catherine (#170), Katelyn (#172), Kate (#207), Katie (#280), Kathryn (#293), Catalina (#365), Karina (#429), Karen (#492), Caitlin (#496), Kaylin (#547), Kathleen (#674), Katalina (#823), Kathrine, Kathie, Kathi, Katheryn, Katina, Kaye, Kittie, Kitty, Trina, Kay, Katy, Kathy, Kati, Kassie, Katrina, Kathryne, Karin, Carri, Caron, Caryn, Cassie, Cate, Cari, Caren, Katarina, Katharine, Caterina, Katerina, Catharine, Cathie, Kaitlin, Catriona, Kari, Karon, Karri, Catrina, Catina, Cathleen, Cathrine, Cathryn, Cathy and Karyn. (2014 statistics).


Top 1000 baby names ranking of Katherine, Kayla, Kaitlyn, Catherine, Katelyn, Kate, Katie, Kathryn, Catalina, Karina in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Karen, Caitlin, Kaylin, Kathleen, Katalina, Kathrine, Kathie, Kathi, Katheryn, Katina in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Kaye, Kittie, Kitty, Trina, Kay, Katy, Kathy, Kati, Kassie, Katrina in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Kathryne, Karin, Carri, Caron, Caryn, Cassie, Cari, Caren, Katarina, Katharine in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Caterina, Katerina, Catharine, Cathie, Kaitlin, Kari, Karon, Karri, Catrina, Catina in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cathleen, Cathrine, Cathryn, Cathy, Karyn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Katherine, Kayla, Kaitlyn, Catherine, Katelyn outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kate, Katie, Kathryn, Karina, Karen outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Caitlin, Kaylin, Kathleen, Katy, Kathy outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Katrina, Karin, Cassie, Cate, Katarina outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Katerina, Kaitlin, Catriona, Kari, Cathy outside U.S.


Similar Names

Katherine is also pronounced similarly to Catherin, Catherinn, Katharyne and Katherynn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Katherine.

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