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The name Katherine has the following meaning:

Pure. This is one of the oldest recorded names in history, and it originates from the Greek language. Many variations (such as Catherine) have been coined from this name and almost every Western country has their own version of it. It has retained its popularity throughout the years and even now, it still beats other new names to be one of the most popular names in both England and America.
It is a female name, suitable for baby girls.


As a baby girl name, Katherine is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 37 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Katherine fell in popularity and moved down the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 14 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 60 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Katherine in the USA, over the past 100 years.
USA baby name statistics


The name Katherine is pronounced as care-thur-reen


Katherine originates from the Greek language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Katherine and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Katherine: Boys - Damary, Geo, Girls - Cassandra, Delia, Dessa, Moira, Phyllis, Both genders - Agnes, Alpha, Andra, Andrew, Angel, Barbara


Popular Variants for the name Katherine: Catalin, Catalina (Spanish), Catharine, Catherine (French), Catheryn, Cathleen, Cathline, Cathrine (Scandinavian), Cathryn (English), Karin (German), Katarina, Kate (English), Kath (Nickname), Katharina (German), Katharine (German), Kathereen, Katheryn (English), Kathi (English), Kathie (English), Kathleen (Irish), Kathryn (English), Kathy (English), Katrine, Kitty (English)


Common nicknames for the name Katherine are: Kat


We think the name Katherine should fall under the following style category: Everlasting.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Katherine to be: An old-fashioned, sweet, motherly woman

In one word, you might describe Katherine as a(n) "motherly" person.

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Faces of



Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Katherine (or its variants) are:

Katherine Houghton Hepburn, born on 12 May, a famous actress. Katherine Houghton Hepburn's background: Screen legend who holds the record for the most Oscar wins, four out of twelve nominations. One of the most physically fit actresses, she learned swimming, skating, riding and golf at a young age. Surprisingly, this was also an attribute that got her into her screen debut alongside screen legend John Barrymore. She was best remembered for her role as Rose Sayer in 'The African Queen'.

Catherine Deneuve/ Catherine Fabienne Dorleac, born on 22 October, a famous actress. Catherine Deneuve/ Catherine Fabienne Dorleac's background: Academy-nominated French actress who became renowned for the series of ice maidens she portrayed for several directors, including the famous Roman Polanski. Her screen debut took place when she was only 13.

Catherine Oxenberg, born on 22 September, a famous actress. Catherine Oxenberg's background: Actress who played Amanda Carrington in the primetime soap opera 'Dynasty'. The character was abruptly written off when the actress apparently had a persistent punctuality problem and had also demanded a pay raise. She is also a member of a real life Dynasty-- the Serbian-Yugoslavian dynasty. Born to H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia and Howard Oxenberg, she also has family ties with the England Monarchy and therefore is in the line of succession to the British throne.

Katherine Marie Heigl, born on 24 November, a famous actress. Katherine Marie Heigl's background: An extremely successful American actress, Katherine Heigl is well known for many roles she undertook, both on the big screen and the small screen. Her small screen roles included 'Isabel Evans' in 'Roswell', and Dr Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens in the famed Grey's Anatomy, which is still ongoing. Her latest movie, 27 dresses was also a big officebox triumph. However, she actually debuted as a child model and continues to model extensively even after her acting career took off.
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Kyla (199)
Kyra (212)
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