Personal impression of these names?

Still need to decide on a girl name. Thanks to everyone that helped me on the previous thread. I'm leaning towards traditional classics. What's your personal impression of these names?




If you have another name that you like better feel free to add it in. All opinions welcome!


July 21, 2017 4:35 PM

I really like Katherine better than the "c" spelling, it is a really pretty name.

I also really like Elizabeth as well, if you choose Elizabeth you could always name her Elizabeth Katherine as I think it goes together really well.

I also like the name Christine, I don't know how you feel about it but I think it is really pretty as well and fits with what you are going for :)

Please update us when you choose a name :)

July 21, 2017 5:36 PM

Thank you! Christine is a very pretty, probably can't use it though coz I have a friend named Christine. :)

July 21, 2017 5:16 PM

All 3 names are classic and lovely.  I think they are all versatile, I can see them on people of various ages and personalities. You really can't go wrong.

Between Catherine & Katherine, I have a slight preference for Katherine-with-a-K, but only because that is how it is spelled in my family.  Either spelling is fine.

If you like nicknames, the names on your list each offer multiple options.  Perhaps looking at which nicknames you like would help you to narrow it down.

July 21, 2017 5:41 PM

Good point! I do like how Elizabeth has so many nicknames but choosing a nickname for it is almost as hard because there are so many variations. Which one do you like the most?

For Catherine/Katherine, I'm leaning towards Kate as a nickname so Katherine seems like a natural choice. I do like the Catherine & Kate combination but my fear is that people will assume that your name starts with a K and that will likely bring confusion.

July 21, 2017 8:15 PM

We had to take Elizabeth off the girl name list because husband and I could never agree on a nickname.  My personal favorite is Liz/Lizzie, and the only Elizabeth nickname I don't care for is Beth. Sadly, Beth was the only one husband liked.

People are going to assume she's "with a K" or "with a C" regardless of what her nickname is, so I personally wouldn't be too worried about correcting people because of the nickname.  You'll be correcting people anyway, and it's not really a huge correction to make.  If you like the combo of Catherine/Kate best, I say go for it.  Lots of nicknames don't mimic the spelling of the given name (Robert/Bob, William/Bill, Elizabeth/Libby, Isabel/Izzy) it shouldn't be a huge shock to most people.  It certainly hasn't seemed to cause confusion in the case of Duchess Kate, who is actually Catherine.  

You mentioned you liked Catherine a little better because it's slightly less common.  Another option would be to simply play up the less common aspect, and go with Cate as the nickname, a la Ms. Blanchett.

July 22, 2017 11:12 PM

Same here. Llike Elizabeth on its own but it's been a struggle to decide on a nickname. Admittedly Cate is a bit advanced for me. Thanks for your feedback!

July 21, 2017 5:17 PM

When I think of traditional/classic, these are the two that come to my mind first.

Elizabeth seems to stay at the top of the list - does that mean that's where you are leaning? Also seems like the author with same name doesn't bother you.

My vote is Elizabeth.

All versions of Katherine are fine. Seems most people use one of the K versions, so Catherine might be "different" and a little unexpected?

Not much help, but I think you're fine anyway you go!

July 21, 2017 5:49 PM

Thank you, all feedback is helpful and appreciated! Author name doesn't bother me as much, though that'll be lost street cred if she doesn't land in the sci-fi field. :)

Agree that Catherine seems a bit unexpected and that is the reason I'm torn. Personally I prefer the the C-spelling, but most people use the K versions so that might have a vibe of being a name that belongs to previous generations. Maybe this is me overthinking.

July 21, 2017 6:26 PM

I think you should go with the "C" version if that's the name you use since that's your preference. I don't really think of it as older generation, just not in use as much as "K."

I think it's nice you like the classics. Maybe Catherine with a "C" is your "out there, unusual name."

Your version oh Nevaeh, haha.

July 21, 2017 7:12 PM

I think they are lovely classic names. If I had to pick one of them for my daughter I'd go with Elizabeth but only because I love Beth as a nickname (although I'd be more likely to use Bethany to get it), and it also has so many other nickname possibilities that she could chose between as she gets older if she wanted. 

With the Catherine vs Katherine dilema I feel your pain because I honestly can't decide which I prefer. Katherine is the spelling used in my family so it does seem more 'real' to me and I'd probably have to go with that to avoid upsetting my mum ;) But I do slightly prefer the look of the C, and it's a nicer letter to write and less likely to be unpleasant-looking to me in random fonts (I know that's a slightly strange measure! But it would honestly bother me to have a swirly cursive-type K on say a cake or if the name was printed on something personalised. What can I say, it's a weird quirk.) On the other hand the nicknames I like best for it are Kate/Katie and Kitty and while I don't think it's a problem to use them with the Catherine spelling I would expect that anyone who knows her as Kate will assume the full name to be spelt with a K which means you/she will likely be correcting people more. Although in fairness those corrections will probably still be few and far between so I would vote to go with the C spelling if you choose Catherine, it's easy enough to say Catherine-with-a-C, and you may find yourself spelling it out in full anyway to avoid the Kathryn spelling. 

July 21, 2017 9:54 PM

I totally get what you're saying about fonts (I've rejected names because I don't like them visually,) but I can assure you from personal experience that Ks aren't at all bad when written in swirly cursive fonts. Some are really quite elegant, while swirly Cs are sometimes difficult to identify. (My daughter is a C so I've played with that one a lot, too. I've actually needed to change just the capital Cs to a second font when the C in the font of the rest of the text was odd looking.)

That said, I like Catherine better than Katherine. I know several of both and have always found Catherine to be more timeless and elegant. I think that's because of the 1980s trend of changing Cs to Ks. 

And hey, she may end up being a Cat instead of a Kate, which would give her matching nickname/full name initials and a fantastic pictographic signature. (I have an animal surname and loved using it to sign notes to my friends in high school, for example.)

July 22, 2017 1:34 PM

Just want to say that pictographic signature are adorable.

July 22, 2017 1:32 PM

Yes I definitely get what you're saing about the look of the letters. Catherine-with-a-C looks a bit more coherent to me, especially in cursive. Thank you! It's good to be aware of things like this. :)

July 21, 2017 9:51 PM

I adore Elizabeth. I understand that many find it stale, but in my opinion, it can easily be revived by one of the underused nicknames. I personally love Libby, Betsy, and Bizzy.

Catherine/Katherine is lovely too. The trendiness of K-names in my area (names like Kinley, Kaelyn, and every spelling of Katelyn) would turn me off of the K-spelling. I know Katherine had legitimate usage long before the creative K-names hit the scene, but the C spelling feels much more classic to me.

July 21, 2017 10:47 PM

My personal preference is for Elizabeth over Catherine, but both are very nice names.  Eliza, Betsy, and Zibby are some of my favorite nicknames for Elizabeth (though there are several other good ones!).  One of the nice things about a name with so many nicknames is how flexible it is.  She can be Elsie as a little girl, Nell as a teenager, Lisa in her twenties....  You can also test them all out in infancy to see if one feels "right".


The Catherine spelling feels the most classic to me, even though I know that others such as Kathryn and Katharine have also been around for centuries.  I think it's because of all the C names that have been commonly misspelled with a K (e.g. Kaitlin).  I wouldn't worry about Catherine/Kate, as even if someone guesses that her full name begins with a K, there are still multiple options for how the rest of it might be spelled.

July 22, 2017 10:13 PM

As an Elizabeth, I can nod to this point on flexibility. My mother dreamed of a little Libby, but my two-year-old self had other ideas and insisted on nothing but Elizabeth. Since then I've cycled through many of these variants. Liz, Lizzie, Ellie, Beth, etc...I work at a bank and one of my clients calls me Betty :)

July 22, 2017 12:38 AM

I like them all, so I don't know how much help I can be. I somewhat prefer the nicknames for Elizabeth—my favorites are Eliza and Lizzie and some of the really girly ones for little girls, like Lizzibell. I also love  *Pride and Prejudice*, so I have a special soft spot for the name that way. On the other hand, I slightly prefer the sound of the full name Catherine/Katherine.

For spelling, I agree that if you like Catherine best, you should use that. I actually think you might get fewer spelling issues with it; Catherine-with-a-C will almost always be heard as Catherine, but Katherine-with-a-K could equally be Kathryn or Katharine etc.

July 22, 2017 6:00 PM

I think of Elizabeth and Catherine as two of the most traditional, timeless, classic, and classy girls' names out there.

I prefer Catherine to Katherine because it feels more classic to me. I'm not really keen on K- names generally because they feel more modern and trendy. I don't think it's a problem to use a K- nickname like Kate for Catherine-with-a-C. People have done so for ages without too much bother.

I don't think I could possibly choose between Catherine and Elizabeth! I think Elizabeth might have a teeny, tiny edge over Catherine for me because of how many nicknames there are for it, from Eliza to Betsy and Bess to Libby and Lilibet to Elspeth. That said, I think I have a slight preference for the full Catherine to the full Elizabeth, and I love the nicknames Cat and Kitty for Catherine. Gosh! I don't know! It's like choosing between a Victoria sandwich or jam roly-poly. I'd rather just have a helping of each than choose between them.

Basically, I think you can't go wrong either way, which isn't much help.

July 22, 2017 11:24 PM

Thanks everyone for your feedback! I've been reading the comments and can definitely relate to a lot of the things you have mentioned. Really glad that I asked here -- what you have said have confirmed or made me aware of the beauty and concern associated with each name. Kind of throwing my hands in the air now not knowing what to do. :)

July 23, 2017 2:11 PM

Well there would be nothing at all wrong with taking both Elizabeth and Catherine to the hospital with you and deciding once you meet your daughter, you may find that once you see her she just "feels" more like one of the names. :)

Or do you have a middle name already picked out? While it's really not important generally the middle name flow/overall sound of the full name could be used as a tie-breaker when you're really torn between two names.

July 23, 2017 1:22 AM

both names are lovely.  I like the Katherine spelling better, but I think I like Elizabeth slightly more

some other names

  • Caroline
  • Juliette
  • Victoria
  • Josephine
  • Charlotte
  • Genevieve
  • Isabelle
  • Rebekah
  • Susannah
July 23, 2017 2:48 PM

My best friend (along with countless others in the world, including Princess Kate, although her spelling is with a C) is a Katherine Elizabeth. I like both names, although Katherine feels wildly overdone to me, as I grew up in the era of 50 Katies in my class. I know Elizabeth, as mentioned by many above, has infinite nickname possibilites that make it a bit more appealing to me, as well.

July 24, 2017 7:34 PM

Kate is a nickname for so many other names, like all the Katelyn variants, that I think people would ask the full name if they needed to know it rather than assume Katherine. Also, in many contexts, her full name would be irrelevant if she's choosing to go by Kate. Teachers and secretaries would likely see the full name before learning the nickname, so it wouldn't be an issue then either.

If Catherine is your favorite spelling and Kate is your favorite nickname, I'd say go with it. It's possible to find a fault with any name, if you search hard enough- remember that what's most important is a name that will bring you (and partner) joy to see and say daily.

July 25, 2017 1:10 PM

I have always loved the name Catherine, at least ever since I first played the computer game Myst and found the letters that Atrus wrote to his wife Catherine...of course, her real name turned out to be "Katran," but the romantic associations of the name stuck with me.  I find it much more beautiful and ethereal than the other varients (Katherine strikes me as an attempt to be cute by varying a classic, even though I know that the spelling has at least as long a pedigree as the "C" spelling).

Elizabeth bores me...the best thing about it is the nickname potential, but I feel like the variance of the nicknames demonstrates the formlessness of the name.  To me, Elizabeth doesn't call to mind anything.  The nicknames do...a "Liz" and a "Betsy" are probably quite different people.  But both of them probably answer to "Elizabeth" on the first day of school.

July 26, 2017 12:16 AM

Oh, Myst!! What a great game that was! 

I also prefer the Catherine spellings -- but I think the variants are well-established enough that I absolutely endorse picking the spelling that resonates best with you, because it's a name that you'll have to spell out anyway (C or K? -ar- or -er-? -ine or -yn?) and the Kate nickname works equally well for all of them. 

I also do like Elizabeth, but I confess the profusion of nickname options is a chief reason why I'd chose it over Catherine, ultimately. It seems like such a choose your own adventure novel of a name: do you feel like a Lisbeth or a Buffy today?

July 26, 2017 3:54 AM

Thank you Optatus for clearing articulating how I feel about Elizabeth. I agree, the nicknames are the appeal -- but imagine your daughter settles on the one nickname you don't like? I love Lizzy and Bess and Bessie, for example, but would not be pleased to have a daughter called Liz. I do feel like Catherine is a bity easier to control in this sense: most of the nicknames have a similarity to one another, and Cathy is probably less likely to crop up nowadays since it's fairly dated.

I'll join the crowd that prefers the C spelling, by the way, though either is fine. And I do think Kate is perfectly fine as the nickname...though your daughter may ultimately prefer Cate herself.

July 26, 2017 10:23 AM

I absolutely love the name Elizabeth - the length of it, the classic style, the sounds, all of it. I *don't* love the metric ton of nicknames. Beth is OK because of the Little Women association, but Betty is a dessert and Bessie is a cow, Eliza is unfinished, Liz is too short, Betsy is too old, Lizzie is too young...