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Meaning and name origin
Kathryn \k(a)-thr-yn, kath-ryn\ as a girl's name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Kathryn is "pure". Kathryn is a variant of Catherine (Greek): from "katharos". Also a variant of Katherine (Greek): the name may also have come from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of magic.
Kathryn is a very popular first name for females (#82 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Kathryn for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Kathryn and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Catherine, Cathrine, Cathryn, Katherine, Kathrine, Kathryn and Kathryne. (2015 statistics).
Suggested similar baby names are Katharyn, Katharyne, Katherin, Katheryn, Katheryne, Katherynn, Kathirin, Kathiryn, Kathirynn, Kathlyn, Kathrina, Katrin and Katryna. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kathryn.
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