Katherine: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Katherine
Origin of the name Katherine:
Cognate of the Greek Aikaterinē, the root of which is katharos (pure, unsullied).
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- Comments and insights on the name Katherine: | Edit
Katherine is a nice name.
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My friends name is 'Katherine' but without the first 'E' so its 'Kathrine'. She is danish and when she moved to America her danish name was too hard to pronounce for most people, so she just went by something that sounded similar. She is very funny and chatty. Also, she has very blonde hair, and so my science teacher and some of my friends call her 'Blondie'. She has a good sense of humor though, so she's not offended by it.
I know a girl named "Katherine" who goes by "Kit" because "Katherine" is too common.
My name is Katherine and I was born in 1977 to a traditional family. I have always gone by the full name. It is such a classic name, I have always liked it. People often call me Elizabeth by mistake - due to the name's features or my own, I am not sure! Now that I am a mother, I don't mind the soft, feminine connotations of the name, but when I was an ingenue, I longed for a clever nickname. "Special K" is pretty common. Another positive note, boys seemed to really like the name.
My name is Mary Katherine and I go by Katherine. I love my name! It is professional and sophisticated, which I love, but it also has several nick-names for younger girls. My friends call me KK, Kate, Kath, and Kat, all fun, yet sophisticated nick-names.
My daughter's name is Katherine Jennifer Cortés(5) after my mother. She passed away 3 months before her birth. She was originally going to be Jennifer, but I am glad I have my Katherine now. I love all the nicknames! She goes by Katie now, but may change it when she is older, which is fine by me. Her older brother's name is Lucas (11).
My name is Kateri (pronounced just like it looks) it is the Native American version of Katherine and I hate it. I think it is crazy, quirky and childish.
My mum is called Katherine, and everyone calls her Kathy. I think it is a beautiful, classic, elegant name and Kathy sounds very proffesional but also fun and friendly. There are also loads of other nicknames for Katherine to suit all types of people.
My little sister is named Katherine. She goes by Kat, and while she likes her name, there are some problems with it. My mom would never have named her Katherine if she had known how popular it was (we were overseas when she was born), and my grandmother has never spelled it the same way twice when sending cards (she gets Kathrine, Kathryn, Katharine, all those with C instead, etc etc).
My friends name is Katherine and people always try to give her the nicknames like Katie, Katy, Kat, Kit and all the rest but she hates them all. She is smart, sensible and really suits the name.
- Nicknames for Katherine: | Edit
Kat, Kate, Kathy, Katie, Kay, Kit, Kitty, Kari, Katia, Kathie, Kath, Cath, Cate, Katydid, Kathleen, Caitlin, Katelyn, Blondie, KK,
- Meanings and history of the name Katherine: | Edit
It means "pure," I think.
Katherine is a name borne by many queens throughout history, in several variants, as well as several saints.
- Famous real-life people named Katherine: | Edit
Katherine Evelyn Anita "Katie" Cassidy, American actress
Katherine Anne "Katie" Couric, American newscaster
Katherine Marie Heigl, American actress
Katharine Hope McPhee, American singer and actress
Katherine Sian Moennig, American actress
Katherine Anne Porter, American writer and journalist
- Katherine in song, story & screen: | Edit
Det. Katherine 'Kate' Beckett, an NYPD homicide detective of the TV series "Castle"
Katherine, Anya Seton's novel about Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt
An Abundance of Katherines, a novel by John Green
Izzie Stevens' of ''Grey's Anatomy'' middle name is Katherine
"Kathy" of "Wuthering Heights", by one of the Bronte sisters
Katherine "Kate" Austen of the TV series "Lost"
Global Popularity of the Name Katherine
- #45 in United States
- #73 in Canada (British Columbia)
- #89 in Canada (Alberta)
- #155 in Scotland
- #244 in Canada (Quebec)