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  • Greek : Pure

What does Katherine mean and stand for?

The name Katherine is of Greek origin and means "pure." It could either derive from the Greek name Aikaterine or the goddess Hecate. In the early Christian era, Katherine was associated with the Greek word katharos (meaning "pure"). Later, the Latin spelling was changed Katerina to Katharina to reflect the early Christian era.

Syllables: 3

Girl name variations

Catherine

Catherine

- 3% this year
Feminine
Uncommon
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Cait

Cait

- 38% this year
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Caitey

Caitey

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Caitie

Caitie

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Caitlin

Caitlin

+ 1% this year
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Caitlinn

Caitlinn

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Caitrin

Caitrin

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Caitrine

Caitrine

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Caitrinn

Caitrinn

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Caitriona

Caitriona

+ 120% this year
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Caitrionagh

Caitrionagh

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Caity

Caity

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Cat

Cat

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Cataleen

Cataleen

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Catarina

Catarina

+ 3% this year
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Catarine

Catarine

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Cate

Cate

+ 9% this year
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Cateline

Cateline

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Caterina

Caterina

+ 7% this year
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Catey

Catey

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Catha

Catha

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Cathaleen

Cathaleen

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Cathaline

Cathaline

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Catharin

Catharin

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Cathatina

Cathatina

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Catharine

Catharine

- 25% this year
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Cathatyna

Cathatyna

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Catharyne

Catharyne

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Cathe

Cathe

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Cathee

Cathee

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Cathelin

Cathelin

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Cathelina

Cathelina

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Cathelle

Cathelle

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Catherin

Catherin

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Catherina

Catherina

+ 14% this year
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Catherinn

Catherinn

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Catheryn

Catheryn

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Cathi

Cathi

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Cathie

Cathie

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Cathirin

Cathirin

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Cathiryn

Cathiryn

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Cathleen

Cathleen

+ 9% this year
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Cathlene

Cathlene

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Cathline

Cathline

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Cathlyne

Cathlyne

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Cathrine

Cathrine

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Cathrinn

Cathrinn

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Cathryn

Cathryn

- 45% this year
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Cathrynn

Cathrynn

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Cathy

Cathy

- 14% this year
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Cathye

Cathye

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Cathyleen

Cathyleen

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Catlina

Catlina

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Catlaina

Catlaina

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Catriona

Catriona

- 53% this year
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Catrionagh

Catrionagh

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Catryna

Catryna

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Cay

Cay

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Caye

Caye

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Cazzy

Cazzy

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Ekaterina

Ekaterina

+ 11% this year
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Kait

Kait

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Kaitey

Kaitey

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Kaitie

Kaitie

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Kaitlin

Kaitlin

- 34% this year
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Kaitlinne

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Kaitrin

Kaitrin

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Kaitrine

Kaitrine

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Kaitrinna

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Kaitriona

Kaitriona

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Kaitrionaugh

Kaitrionaugh

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Kasienka

Kasienka

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Kasja

Kasja

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Kaska

Kaska

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Katarina

Katarina

- 16% this year
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Katchen

Katchen

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Kate

Kate

- 8% this year
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Katee

Katee

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Katell

Katell

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Katelle

Katelle

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Katenka

Katenka

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Katerina

Katerina

- 15% this year
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Katerinka

Katerinka

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Katey

Katey

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Katinka

Katinka

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Katha

Katha

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Katharine

Katharine

+ 32% this year
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Katharyn

Katharyn

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Katharyne

Katharyne

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Kathee

Kathee

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Kathelina

Kathelina

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Katheline

Katheline

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Katherin

Katherin

+ 3% this year
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Katherina

Katherina

- 19% this year
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Katheryn

Katheryn

- 12% this year
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Katherynn

Katherynn

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Kathi

Kathi

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Kathie

Kathie

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Kathileen

Kathileen

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Kathiryn

Kathiryn

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Kathleen

Kathleen

- 13% this year
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Kathlene

Kathlene

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Kathleyn

Kathleyn

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Kathline

Kathline

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Kathyleen

Kathyleen

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Kathrine

Kathrine

- 43% this year
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Kathrinna

Kathrinna

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Kathryn

Kathryn

- 12% this year
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Kathryne

Kathryne

+ 17% this year
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Kathy

Kathy

+ 4% this year
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Kathyrine

Kathyrine

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Katica

Katica

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Katie

Katie

- 7% this year
Feminine
Uncommon
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Katina

Katina

+ 57% this year
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Katka

Katka

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Katla

Katla

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Katlaina

Katlaina

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Katleen

Katleen

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Katoushka

Katoushka

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Katrena

Katrena

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Katrine

Katrine

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Katrina

Katrina

- 36% this year
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Katriona

Katriona

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Katrionaugh

Katrionaugh

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Katryna

Katryna

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Katushka

Katushka

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Katy

Katy

- 2% this year
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Katya

Katya

- 19% this year
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Kittee

Kittee

0 % this year
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Kittie

Kittie

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Kitty

Kitty

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Trina

Trina

- 52% this year
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Trine

Trine

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Trinette

Trinette

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Yekaterin

Yekaterin

0 % this year
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Yekaterina

Yekaterina

+ 20% this year
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Kathreen

Kathreen

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Katrin

Katrin

- 20% this year
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Karen

Karen

- 14% this year
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Karin

Karin

+ 53% this year
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Karyn

Karyn

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Karan

Karan

- 44% this year
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Karon

Karon

+ 15% this year
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Kari

Kari

- 11% this year
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Rare
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Karrie

Karrie

- 17% this year
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Karry

Karry

+ 20% this year
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Kara

Kara

- 15% this year
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Karina

Karina

- 4% this year
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Caren

Caren

0 % this year
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Carin

Carin

+ 82% this year
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Caryn

Caryn

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Cari

Cari

- 18% this year
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Carrie

Carrie

- 12% this year
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Carry

Carry

+ 60% this year
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Cara

Cara

- 17% this year
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How Popular Is The Name Katherine

Famous people with this first name

Popularity

According to Social Security Administration data, Katherine is slowly decreasing in popularity. After remaining in the top 50 from before-2000 to 2008, and the top 100 from 2009 to 2016, Katherine has still managed to secure a spot in the top 150.

However, it is the 21st most popular name on FamilyEducation.com.

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Katherine was at its peak popularity in January 2019.

Katherine is a timeless name, appearing in literature, royalty, and history. Despite its decline, Katherine is still the most popular spelling, beating out Kathryn and Catherine. It invokes images of literary namesakes Katherine Anne Porter, Katherine "Kate" Chopin, and Katherine Mansfield, as well as actresses Katherine Grace "Kat" McNamara, Katherine Evelyn Anita "Katie" Cassidy, Katherine Marie Heigl, and Katherine Ellen "Kath" Soucie. Not to mention, both Tim Allen and Martin Short chose the name for their daughters. Katherine has also been a popular choice for fictional characters, appearing in Castles, The Vampire Diaries, That 70's Show, and Desperate Housewives.

Where is it Popular?

Katherine was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Katherine

  • Kat
  • Kate
  • Kath
  • Kathy
  • Katie
  • Kay
  • Kick
  • Kit
  • Kitty

Pairs well with these middle names

 

Meaning and Origin of Katherine