Kathryn: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Kathryn
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!
- Nicknames for Kathryn: | Edit
Katy, Katie, Kate, Kathy, Kat, Kitty, Ryn, Rina.
- 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.