Katya Name Meaning & Origin

Katya

Pronunciation: KAH-tyə (key)

Origin of the name Katia:

Pet form of Katherine (pure, unsullied).

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An alternate spelling is Katja (common as the German, Dutch and Finnish spelling), also Kaatje.

I have known one Katja, and at least 10 Katya's. My sister's name is also Katya. Everybody I know named Katya/Katja is a very sweet person. This name is very common in Russian speaking countries, but not in America. My sister has had to correct many people on the pronounciation (it's pronounced with an "ah").

Our American daughter's full name, "Katerina" feels a little too long for a baby, but "Kat" feels a little too short. Borrowing the eastern European nickname "Katya" for her eastern European name is a cute solution.

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Katyusha, Katinka, Kat, Yaya, Kit-kat

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A diminutive of the Russian "Yekaterina."

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Katya Adler, British journalist

Yekaterina Budanova (1916–1943), also known as Katya, female Soviet fighter ace in the Second World War

Katya Reimann (born 1965), American writer of fantasy novels

Katya Zamolodchikova, RPDR season 7 contestant

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In the comic book X-Men, Colossus (Piotr Rasputin) refers to Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde) as Katya.

Katya Derevko, on the ABC television series Alias

Katya Kinski, on the Australian soap opera Neighbours

Katya Vogt, the protagonist of Sandra Birdsell's historical novel The Russländer (aka Katya)

Katya (Highlander), an Immortal in Highlander: The Series

Protagonist of "Katya's World (Russalka Chronicles #1)" a YA novel by Jonathan L. Howard

Princess Ekaterina "Kitty" Alexandrovna Shcherbatskaya is a main character in "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy, called "Katya" by her husband as an affectionate nickname

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