Katelyn Name Meaning & Origin

Katelyn

Pronunciation: KAYT-lin (key)

Origin of the name Kaitlyn:

Borrowed from the Irish, Caitlin is a variant of CaitrÍona, the Gaelic form of Catherine (pure, unsullied).

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Related Names:

Caitlin, Caitlyn, etc., Kaitlyn, Kaitlynne, Kate, Katy

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My sister's name is Katelyn and although she loves it and believes it is truly a "womb-to-tomb" name because she goes by Kate in more mature situations. Her only problem is when she was growing up, if someone called "Katelyn!" down the hallway, six people would turn around because Katelyn was such a popular name.

As far as I'm aware, and I'm Irish myself and live in Ireland, Katelyn isn't so much borrowed from Caitriona, but from "Kathleen" or "Cathleen" (spelt Caitlin in Irish - the 2nd "i" being an "ee" sound .) When the famine took hold in Ireland and the Irish were forced to flee over to America in those "coffin" ships and disembarked in Ellis Island etc. the name would have been "Cathleen/Kathleen" being spelt in Irish as "Caitlin" - but over the years, with it being mis-spelt and Americanised - it has become "Katelyn". I prefer the original name "Kathleen" myself!

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Kate, Katie, Kay,Kae,Lynn,Kae-Lynn,Kat,Kattie,Telynn

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Famous real-life people named Katelyn: | Edit

Katelynn Cusanelli from The Real World: Brooklyn
Katelyn Faber, allegedly sexually assaulted by Kobe Bryant
Katelyn Murphy, ESPN sideline reporter
Katelyn Rosaasen, American model

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