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What does Caitlin mean?

Caitlin Pronunciation of Caitlin as a girls' name is pronounced KATE-lin, kat-LEEN, KOIT-leen, KATH-leen. It is of Old French and Greek origin, and the meaning of Caitlin is "pure". Caitlín is the Irish Gaelic form of Cateline, which is the Old French form of Katherine, whose source is the Greek name Aikaterine. See also Catherine.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, pure (virgin), old


VARIANTS Caelin, Caelyn, Caetlin, Cailen, Cailene, Cailyn, Cailynn, Cait, Caiti, Caitie, Caitilin, Caitlan, Caitland, Caitlandt, Caitlann, Caitlen, Caitlinn, Caitlyn, Caitlyne, Caitlynn, Caitrin, Caity, Calen, Calin, Calyn, Calynn, Catelan, Cateline, Catelinn, Catelyn, Catelynn, Catlain, Catlin, Catline, Catlyn, Catlynn, Catriona, Cayelin, Caylen, Caylin, Caylyn, Kaitlan, Kaitlann, Kaitlin, Kaitlinn, Kaitlyn, Kaitlynn, Katelan, Katelin, Katelyn, Katelynn, Kayelin, Kayelyn

SEE ALSO Cathleen, Kaylin

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA CATELINE, CATHERINE, KATHERINE Caitey, Caitria, Caitrine, Caitrinn, Caitriona, Carin, Carrin, Catalin, Catalina, Cataline, Cathelin, Cathi, Cathie, Cathline, Cati, Catia, Catie, Catina, Catlaina, Catlina, Catrin, Catrina, Catrine, Kaitie, Kaitlinne, Kaitrin, Kaitrine, Kaitrinn, Katalin, Katline, Kaylin



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How popular is Caitlin?

Caitlin is a very prominent first name for women (#560 out of 4276, Top 13%) but an unusual last name for all people. (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Caitlin entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its peak rank of #50 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is presently at #1360. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular alternative forms of Caitlin (#1360 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) are Katherine (#112), Catherine (#204), Catalina (#235), Kaitlyn (#387), Katelyn (#501), Kaylin (#938), Caitlyn (#1164), Katelynn (#1249), Kaitlynn (#1847), Catriona, Katelin, Kaitlin, Kaitlan, Caylin, Caelyn, Catrina, Catlin, Cailyn, Cathleen, Cathie, Cathi, Catelyn, Carin, Caitlynn, Caitlan and Catina. Adoption of these forms of Caitlin was widespread among parents 3 decades ago (AVERAGE #1142) and is now much less (#1555, DOWN 79.9%), with versions like Catina going out of style. Katherine is more familiar than the rest, although Catalina seems to be gaining favor too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caitlin, Caelyn, Cailyn, Caitlan, Caitlyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caitlynn, Carin, Catalina, Catelyn, Catherine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cathi, Cathie, Cathleen, Catina, Catlin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Catrina, Caylin, Kaitlan, Kaitlin, Kaitlyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kaitlynn, Katelin, Katelyn, Katelynn, Katherine, Kaylin in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Caitlin, Caitlyn, Catherine, Catriona, Kaitlin outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kaitlyn, Katelyn, Katherine outside U.S.

Similar Names

Caitlin is alike in pronunciation to Catleen, Kaitleen, Katlin, Katlyn and Kitlyn. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Aislin, Baibin, Cabalina, Cacelia, Caelan, Caila, Caileen, Cailie, Cailin, Caisi, Caisie, Calie, Callan, Callen, Calli, Callia, Callie, Camelia, Camillia, Caoilinn, Caralia, Caralin, Caraline, Caralyn, Cardin, Carilyn, Carlan, Carli, Carlie, Carlin, Carlina, Carline, Carling, Carlis, Carllen, Carmin, Carolien, Carolin, Carolina, Caroline, Carolyn, Carylon, Castalia, Cathia, Caylia, Ceili, Charalin (see Cherilyn), Charelin (see Cherilyn), Chastin, Chiquin, Cili, Cilia, Coralin, Cristin, Darylin, Eaglin, Eilin, Jacalin, Jacklin, Jaclin, Jasolin, Kaelin, Kailin, Kalin, Karolin, Kathlin, Katrin, Madlin, Marlin and Taylin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Caitlin.

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