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What does Kathryn mean?

Kathryn Pronunciation of Kathryn [kathryn] as a girls' name is a Greek name, and Kathryn means "pure". Kathryn is a variant form of Catherine (Greek): from katharos. Kathryn is also a form of Katherine (Greek).

Associated with: greek, pure (virgin).


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

62 more relations via Catherine, Katherine: Caryn, Catharin, Catharyna, Catharyne, Catheren, Catherin, Cathern, Catheryn, Cathirin, Cathiryn, Cathlyne, Cathy, Cathye, Catrin, Catryna, Kaitlyn, Kaitrin, Karen, Karin, Karon, Karrin, Karyn, Karynn, Katalin, Katarina, Katchen, Katerina, Katey, Katha, Katharine, Katharyn, Katharyne, Kathee, Katherin, Katherina, Katheryn, Katheryne, Katherynn, Kathi, Kathie, Kathirin, Kathiryn, Kathirynn, Kathleen, Kathlene, Kathleyn, Kathline, Kathlyne, Kathrina, Kathrinna, Kathy, Kathyrine, Katleen, Katrena, Katria, Katrien, Katrina, Katrine, Katrya, Katryna, Katy and Katya.

Creative forms:
(female) Kathzy, Katryn, ..

(male) Kathry, Kathton, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kathryn Dior (K.D.), ..

How popular is Kathryn?

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. Demographics)

Kathryn reached its highest position of #49 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is at #319 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kathryn name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Kathryn (#319 from recent data) are Katherine (#84 from recent data), Catherine (#179), Kaitlyn (#197), Karen (#504), Kathleen (#830), Katerina (#1158), Katrina (#1167), Katarina (#1349), Katy (#1547), Kathy (#1676), Kathi, Kathlene, Kathie, Kathryne, Katya, Katrena, Katheryne, Kathrine, Kathrina, Katherin, Cathy, Karin, Cathryn, Cathrine, Cathern, Catheryn, Karon, Karyn, Caryn, Katherina, Katharyn, Katharine, Katey and Katheryn. Other forms, like Catharyne, are uncommon. These relations of Kathryn were popular as birth names in the 1950s (adoption of 6.3%) and are now significantly less common (adoption 0.6%, 90.1% less), with forms like Karen falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kathryn, Caryn, Catherine, Cathern, Catheryn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cathrine, Cathryn, Cathy, Kaitlyn, Karen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karin, Karon, Karyn, Katarina, Katerina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Katey, Katharine, Katharyn, Katherin, Katherina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Katherine, Katheryn, Katheryne, Kathi, Kathie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kathleen, Kathlene, Kathrina, Kathrine, Kathryne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kathy, Katrena, Katrina, Katy, Katya in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kathryn, Catherine, Kaitlyn, Karen, Karin outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Katherine, Kathleen, Katrina outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Cameryn, Camryn, Carryn, Catelyn, Catlyn, Daryn, Ethlyn, Farryn, Faryn, Kaelyn, Kailyn, Kalyn, Kameren, Kamerin, Kameron, Kamlyn, Kamren, Kamrin, Kamron, Kamryn, Kamrynn, Kamyron, Karalyn, Karan, Karelyn, Karilyn, Karlyn, Karmyn, Karolyn, Karren, Karry, Karryl, Karryn, Kary, Karyl, Karyna, Karyne, Karys, Katelan, Katelin, Katelyn, Katelynn, Kathe, Kathey, Kathia, Kathlena, Kathlin, Kathlyn, Kathlynn, Kathya, Kathylyne (see Kathleen), Katilyn, Katiya, Katlin, Katlyn, Katlyne, Katlynn, Katrin, Katura, Kayelyn, Kaylyn, Kerryn, Keryn, Ketryna, Kitlyn, Koryn, Kotryna, Larryn, Laryn, Lauryn, Maryn, Tamryn, Tarryn and Taryn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kathryn.

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