What does Kathleen mean?
Kathleen \k(a)-th-leen\ as a girls' name is pronounced kath-LEEN. It is of Irish and Greek origin, and the meaning of Kathleen is "pure". Variant of Katherine. First used outside of Ireland in the 1840s. Actress Kathleen Turner.
Kathleen▼ has 26 variants: Cathaleen, Cathaline, Cathleen▼, Kaitlin▼, Kaitlinn, Katha, Kathaleen, Kathaleya, Kathaleyna, Kathaline, Kathelina, Katheline, Kathleena, Kathlena, Kathlene, Kathleyn, Kathlin, Kathline, Kathlyn▼, Kathlynn, Kathyline, Kathylyne, Katleen, Katlin▼, Katline and Katlyne.
For more information, see also the related girl name Catherine.
Kathleen▼ has 22 more related forms via Katherine: Cataleen, Cataleena, Cathee, Catreen, Kataleen, Katalin, Katchen, Katee, Katelle, Katharyn, Kathee, Katherin, Katheryn▼, Kathie▼, Kathileen, Kathirin, Kathiryn, Kathlyne, Kathrene, Kathryn▼, Kathrynn and Katrien.
Kathleen is a very popular first name for females (#36 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less popular surname for both adults and children (#109328 out of 150436, Top 73%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Kathleen for girls. Kathleen reached its apex position of #15 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is at #674 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Kathleen and associated names. Prominent variation forms of Kathleen (#674 a year ago) are Katherine (#83 a year ago), Catherine (#170), Kathryn (#293), Katlin, Kathlyn, Katheryn, Cathleen, Kaitlin, Kathaleen and Kathie. Adoption of these girl names reached its highest during 1950-1959 (usage of 0.4914%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.2527%, down 48.6%), with versions like Kaitlin, Kathleen, Kathryn, Kathie and Cathleen falling out of fashion. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)