Kathryn Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Kathryn:
Cognate of the Greek Aikaterinē, the root of which is katharos (pure, unsullied).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Kathryn is a beautifully classic name with a modern, shorter, unique spelling for a baby girl. Pronounced Kath-rin.
Variants of this name include:
Catherine, Katherine, Cathryn, and Kathrine.
- Personal experiences with the name Kathryn: | Edit
My elder sister's name is Kathryn. We have always been very close to one another. As a little girl, my sister constantly went by nicknames, like "Katy" and "Kathy". That made a lot of sense, though, because when we were growing up, we all went by nicknames (I still do!). But by the time she was no longer little, she decided that "Kathryn" was a much better fit. We all agree! Me, our sister, our brother, our parents, and our friends! It just works so well. So now everyone calls her "Kathryn", which suits her better than anything else. I love her so very much. :):)
As I got older, I wanted to be called "Kathryn" instead of the nickname "Katy". But whenever I introduced myself to someone new, my older friends would always say "But you can call her Katy." I can't seem to get rid of this nickname, but it seems to fit my personality.
I love my name and wouldn't change it for the world. However people do forever spell it wrong!
I have a really good friend named Kathryn and I LOVE how it's spelled:)
I also love my name. It's sophisticated, classic, professional, and feminine. The only problem I have is that my parents chose to use the nickname "Katy" and this nickname has been more difficult to get rid of than I ever would have thought. I wish they would have just left my name alone, especially considering that I love my given name so much.
When my mother told my grandmother that she had named me Kathryn, my grandmother said "Oh, we have a Kathy now!" To which my mother replied "No, we have a KATHRYN now!" I'm so glad she established my name with no nickname. I love my name, the spelling, everything!
My name is Kathryn and growing up I always hated the name and refused to let people call me that shortening it to Katy, when I got to secondary school I didn't care so much and people called me Kathryn but friends and some teachers would call me Katy or Kat. People still call me Kat and occasionally Katy but I now love the name Kathryn and glad that's what my parents chose but the only down side is people never spell it right, hence the shortening it to Kat.
I have the name Kathryn and love it! The only thing that I don't like about it is that no one can spell it right, which is really sad. I know a bunch of Katherines and Catherines but no other Kathryns.
I really like my name too. I got the best name out of 4 siblings. Not too common but classic. First of two complaints: I was called Kathy as a child and my family still calls me that. My full name is so much better! Other complaint is that no one spells it right. Even when you spell it for them. They want to add a bunch of "E"'s that don't belong. Or they use the horrific spelling of "Kathyrn" ("Kathy-urn")--ugh.
My name is Kathryn and I love it, especially how it is spelled! Rarely am I ever called Kathryn though, since I was born with the nickname Kate and always hated my given name when I was little, so Kate just stuck. I think it is such a cute, pretty and sophisticated name for a little girl, and easy to grow into.
- Nicknames for Kathryn: | Edit
Katy, Katie,Kathe, Kate, Kathy, Kat, Kitty,Kitty Kat, KitKat, Ryn, Rina, Thryn.
- Meanings and history of the name Kathryn: | Edit
Meanings of the name "Kathryn".
Pure, clear. Form of the Latin 'Katharina', from the Greek 'Aikaterina'. It was borne by a number of saints, including St Catherine of Alexandria, a 4th century martyr.
Pure. Clear. Innocent. From the Gaelic form Caitlin.
- Famous real-life people named Kathryn: | Edit
Kathryn Bigelow, director
Kathryn Clough, Super Star digital media director
Kathryn Grayson, actress
Kathryn Sullivan, astronaut
Kathryn Morris, actress
Kathryn Erbe, actress
Kathryn Joosten, actress
Kathryn Harrold, actress
Kathryn Hahn actress
Kathryn Kuhlman, evangelist
- Kathryn in song, story & screen: | Edit
Captain Kathryn Janeway, main character on the series Star Trek: Voyager.