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Meaning and Name Origin

Kathleen \k(a)-th-leen\ as a girls' 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 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 (#83102 out of 88799, Top 94%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

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) appearing in the Top 1000 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 and is now significantly less, with versions like Kaitlin, Kathleen, Kathryn, Katlin and Kathlyn falling out of fashion. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Kaitleen and Kathyleen. These names tend to be less frequently used than Kathleen.