Kateri Name Meaning & Origin

Kateri

Pronunciation: kah-TEH-ree (key)

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Comments and insights on the name Kateri: | Edit

In addition to the pronunciation given above, I also know girls with the name who pronounce it "ka-TEER-ee" and "KAH-ter-ee".

This is my name, and it has always been pronounced "Ka-three, or "KAH-ther-ee".

I know parents who named their daughter Kateri, after the saint, but pronounce it GAH-dah-lee, which they said a Native American woman told them was the real pronunciation.

I know a Kateri who pronounces it KATE-uh-ree.

Personal experiences with the name Kateri: | Edit

I am 48, and was named Kateri. I've never met another person with this name.

And I am 19, also with the name Kateri. Grandmother is 1/2 Native American, so gave me the name.

I have met a few with the name, but not many. Mostly all Native Americans.

I am 36, this is my middle name given to me by my sioux grandmother. She said I was names after a native american saint.

I am a Kateri, and I have always pronounced it "Ka-terry", I am not very fond of my name.

I'm in my early 50's, also named Kateri. My family pronounces it Ka-three. I too, am not fond of my name.

Nicknames for Kateri: | Edit

Kat, Katty, Teri, Kate, Kati(e)

Meanings and history of the name Kateri: | Edit

The name Kateri derives from Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, who received the name as a form of Catherine. She was a Native American who was the daughter of a Catholic Algonquin mother and Mohawk father in 1658. She is also known as the Lily of the Mohawks, The Flower of the Algonquin, and the Mystic of the Wilderness. Her face had been scarred at a young age from illness, but on her deathbed her skin suddenly became clear and beautiful. She was beatified on June 22, 1980 by Pope John Paul II.

UPDATE: Blessed Kateri is now St. Kateri -- she was canonized on Oct. 21, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Famous real-life people named Kateri: | Edit

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Native American saint and mystic (see above)

Kateri in song, story & screen: | Edit

My name is Kater, I'm "44" I have alway pronounced my name"Ka-terry". I was named after a nun...I love my name...it's unique, energetic, fun and friendly. By the way I am a Catholic Native American from Southern Arizona.

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