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Kathleen 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 name Catherine. Baby names that sound like Kathleen are Kathyleen, Kathileen and Kataleen.
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Popularity of Kathleen
Kathleen is a very popular first name for women (#36 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#83102 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of the name Kathleen for girls (2012 statistics). Compare Kathleen with its variant forms and related girl baby names.