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Meaning and name origin

Kathleen \k(a)-th-leen\ as a girl's name is pronounced kath-LEEN. It is of Irish origin. Variant of Katherine (Greek) "pure". First used outside of Ireland in the 1840s. Actress Kathleen Turner.


Kathleen has 26 variant forms: Cathaleen, Cathaline, Cathleen, Kaitlin, Kaitlinn, Katha, Kathaleen, Kathaleya, Kathaleyna, Kathaline, Kathelina, Katheline, Kathleena, Kathlena, Kathlene, Kathleyn, Kathlin, Kathline, Kathlyn, Kathylyne, Kathlynn, Kathyline, Katleen, Katlin, Katline and Katlyne.

For more information, see also the related girl name Catherine.


Kathleen is a very popular first name for females (#36 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#83102 out of 88799, Top 94%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Kathleen for girls. Kathleen reached its highest rank of #15 in the U.S. in 1950-1959. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Kathleen and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Katherine (#83), Catherine (#170), Kathleen (#674), Kathlyn, Katlin, Kathaleen, Cathleen and Kaitlin. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Catherine, Cathleen, Kaitlin, Kathaleen, Katherine, Kathleen, Kathlyn, Katlin in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Kaitleen, Kataleen, Kathileen and Kathyleen. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kathleen.