Katarina Rayne

I think we've decided on the name Katarina Rayne for a girl, but I want to get outside opinions. We wanted a name that isn't trending right now, a name that is known, but not common, at least for the first name. The middle name we were less picky with and my husband loves Rayne as a name (but I was a little hesitant about it because of the kid song "rain, rain go away" just sounded like an invitation for kids to be mean to her). I just want to hear what people think about it. It looks like Katarina was kind of popular a while ago but has since dropped in popularity. Is it too dated? Does the close together R sound flow together ok? I like the nn Kat, Katya, and Rina (rina ballerina). Are there any obvious teasing? Initials KRS


May 2, 2013 4:25 PM

I love it! I don't detect any obvious teasing potential, although I agree that Rayne would probably get "Rain, Rain go away", which would definitely lead to hurt feelings. Too bad as it would make a lovely first name, but I like it in the middle spot. It sounds great with Katarina.

May 3, 2013 12:14 AM

I like it. Katarina is a name that is known but not currently either trendy or popular yet doesn't feel date stamped (to me at least). It is also fairly easy to spell and pronounce so I see no issues with it. Lots of lovely nickname options too.

I like Rayne as a middle name. I would personally spell it Rain but I have no issues with the Rayne spelling, is there a reason you have picked that spelling?

Rayne as a first name could get some teasing but I highly doubt it would be an issue in the middle spot and I like it as an alternative nature name. I'm fond of middles like Wren, Sage, June, Winter etc so it gets the thumbs up from me.

I like the repeated R in Katarina and Rayne and find it pleasing.

By nym
May 6, 2013 12:02 PM

Rayne was the main way I have seen the name spelled. And while rain has an obvious connection, Rayne is a little more ambiguous. If you look at the name listing it can be associated with rain, queen, song, mighty, etc. I like that it has all these different meanings based on its origin.

May 6, 2013 12:58 PM

Pretty!!  Katarina isn't used very often.  It definitely has some good nickname options.

May 10, 2013 4:07 PM

Love it!  We have a Katharine who we call Kat sometimes.  It's a fun pet name.  Her middle name begins with a "r" as well so I obviously don't see a problem there.  The spelling Rayne strikes me as a name since I assume it's a form of Regina.  The spelling Rain would lose that "nameyness".

May 31, 2013 11:32 PM

I know a couple of people who've used Rayne as a middle and think it works well with Katarina. I'm also partial to the nn Katya/Katia.

I will tell you that my first association was Hurricane Katrina because of the MN Rayne paired with Katarina. I had a hard time saying it "arina" for a few minutes after that came to mind, but I don't think it's a big deal and I still like them paired together.


Good luck!

April 5, 2014 12:49 PM

I also read Katrina before I realized it was Katarina. It probably won't be an issue when introducing your child verbally, because Katrina and Katarina look much more similar than they sound, stress on different syllables and though the spelling is only off by one letter, the sounds are much different.

I don't see any obvious teasing potential in Katarina Rayne, but then again I'm not a school yard bully, so there may be somethings I'm missing. I love the nicknames you picked, but when ever there's a homonym  there is the possibility that someone will play with that. If your child goes by Kat at school, any number of 'cat' based teasing or even rhyming taunts could come up.

I don't think that Katarina is dated. Though it did make a big looking spike, it was never very popular, and that spike wouldn't have even been detectable in a more popular name.

April 5, 2014 1:06 PM

Katarina may not be dated, but this thread is.  Little Katarina, or whatever she was finally named, should be nearing her first birthday.