What does Katherine mean?
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.
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.more]
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)
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 Names, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Katherine and affiliated names. Caitlin (#496 from current records), 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), Katelyn (#172), 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 from current records). Other forms, like Katherynn, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Katherine was well-received during the years 1980-1989 (adoption of 0.33%) and is somewhat less today (adoption 0.17%, 47% less), with versions such as Kittie becoming less in vogue. Caitlin, Catalina, Kaitlyn, Karina, Kate, Katelyn, Kayla and Kaylin, with Catalina and Kate going through a rebound in usage.
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Recommended similar baby names are Arthurine, Athene, Carine, Cathlene, Catline, Chorine, Etheline, Frederine, Kadienne, Kaelene, Kaelie, Kaelin, Kaitrina, Kalene, Kameren, Kamerin, Kammeron, Kamrin, Karene, Karine, Karinne, Karlein, Karrine, Karyne, Katelan, Katelijn, Katelin▼, Kateline, Katelinn, Katelynne, Kathaline, Kathe, Kathey, Kathlena, Kathlin, Kathlinne, Kathlyn▼, Kathlynn, Kathyline, Kathylyne, 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, Ruthine, Sarine, Sherine, Shirine, Verine, Walterine, Zephirine and Zephyrine. These names tend to be less commonly used than Katherine.