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What does Kathryn mean?

Kathryn \k(a)-thr-yn, kath-ryn\ as a girls' name means "pure". Kathryn is a variant of Catherine (Greek): from "katharos". Kathryn is also a form of Katherine (Greek).


Kathryn has 9 variants: Cathrine, Cathrinn, Cathryn, Cathryne, Cathrynn, Kathrene, Kathrine, Kathryne and Kathrynn.

Kathryn has 18 more related variations via Catherine, Katherine: Catheryn, Cathiryn, Karyn, Katharyn, Katharyne, Katherin, Katheryn, Katheryne, Katherynn, Kathirin, Kathiryn, Kathirynn, Kathleyn, Kathlyne, Kathrina, Kathy, Katrya and Katryna.


Kathryn is a very prominent first name for females (#82 out of 4276, Top 2%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Kathryn for girls. Kathryn reached its highest position of #50 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is at #293 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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

Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Kathryn and corresponding names. Prominent variation forms of Kathryn (#293 last year) are Katherine (#83 last year), Catherine (#170), Kathryne, Kathy, Kathrine, Katheryn, Cathryn, Karyn and Cathrine. This girl name was at the apex of its popularity during the years 1950-1959 and is now significantly less popular, with forms like Kathryn, Kathryne, Kathy, Kathrine and Katheryn falling out of fashion. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Catherine, Cathrine, Cathryn, Karyn, Katherine, Katheryn, Kathrine, Kathryn, Kathryne, Kathy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Kathlyn and Katrin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kathryn.