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, Top 2%) 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. Kathryn reached its highest rank of #50 in the U.S. in 1980-1989. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Kathryn and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Katherine (#83), Catherine (#170), Kathryn (#293), Kathryne, Kathrine, Cathrine and Cathryn. (2014 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.