Caitlyn Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Caitlin:
Borrowed from the Irish, Caitlin is a variant of CaitrÍona, the Gaelic form of Catherine (pure, unsullied). Var: Caitlyn, Catelin, Catelyn, Kaitlin, Kaitlyn, Katelin, Katelyn, Katelynn.
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- Nicknames for Caitlyn
Cait, Caity, Caitie, Caitiebean, Caylee, Kitkat, Kitty, Katty, Katiou, Cat, Caity-Cat, Kitty Cat, Cait-Sith, kitten
My name is Caitlyn and the only nicknames I use are Caity and Cate. My friend once named me Caidi as well, but I just use Caity. And I've had Caitziez. Although my mum sometimes calls me Caity-Poo -_- I'd love people to call me Kitty, but no-one thinks of it, and it's more of a nickname for Catherine/Katherine anyway.
- Meanings and history of the name Caitlyn
Caitlyn is the Welsh spelling of Caitlin, which is the Irish form of the Old French Cateline, which was from the same root as Katherine. Those are from the Greek name Aikaterine, of debatable etymology. In the early Christian era it became associated with the Greek word "kathros" (pure), which is a much nier meaning than the other possibilities.
CAITLYN IS NOT WELSH
The above contributor is incorrect in believing 'Caitlyn' is of Welsh origin. I am a Welsh speaker and can attest to the fact that it is not Welsh. It is Irish. Many people (often Americans) have a fanciful notion that the so-called 'Celtic' languages are interchangible. This is not the case.
Caitlyn has never been Welsh in nature.
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