Usage: Katherine is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a girl (female) name.
People having the name Katherine are in general originating from France, Greece, Ireland, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America.
Variants: For another variant of the name Katherine across the world, see Catarina.
Meaning: Pure, Virginal
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The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 1.
Qualities: Leader, Determined
Ruling planet: Sun
Colors: Yellow, Orange, Gold
Gemstones: Topaz, Amber
The name Katherine is ranked on the 393rd position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 1651900 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.023% of the population. The name Katherine has nine characters. It means that it is relatively long-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Katherine for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
The name day of Katherine is 25 November.
History and Origin
Katherine is a feminine name. It is popular in Christian countries, as it was the name of one of the first Christian saints, Catherine of Alexandria.
English form of the name of a saint martyred at Alexandria in 307. The story has it that she was a brilliant and learned young woman who was condemned to be broken on the wheel for her Christian belief and opposition to paganism. However, the wheel miraculously fell apart, so she was beheaded instead. There were innumerable elaborations on this story, which was one of the most popular in early Christian mythology, and she has been the object of a vast popular cult. The earliest sources that mention her are in Greek and give the name in the form Aikaterinē (still the modern Greek form, reflected also in the Russian form, Yekaterina). The name is of unknown etymology; the suggestion that it may be derived from Hecate, the pagan goddess of magic and enchantment, is not convincing. From an early date, it was associated with the Greek adjective katharos pure. This led to spellings with -th- and to a change in the middle vowel (see Katharine). Several later saints also bore the name, including the mystic St Katherine of Siena (1347–80), who both led a contemplative life and played a role in the affairs of state of her day.
Katherine is also a royal name: in England it was borne by the formidable and popular Katherine of Aragon (1485–1536), first wife of Henry VIII, as well as by the wives of Henry V and Charles II. In France, it was borne by Catherine de' Medici (1519–89), wife of King Henry II and regent (1560–74). Probably the most famous royal bearer of all was the Russian empress Catherine the Great (1729–96; reigned 1762–96).
Variants: Katharine, Catherine, Catharine, Kathryn, Cathryn.
Cognates: Irish Gaelic: Caitríona, Caitrín, Catraoine, Caitlín. Scottish: Catriona, Ca(i)trìona. Welsh: Catrin. French: Catherine. Italian: Caterina. Spanish: Catalina. Portuguese: Catarina. German: Kat(h)arine, Katrine. Dutch: KatrienM, Katrijn. Polish: Katarzyna. Czech: Kateřina. Russian: Yekaterina; Katerina (popular form). See also Karen, Karin, Kari.
Short forms: English: Kate; Kath, Cath.
Pet forms: English: Kathy, Cathy; Katie, Katy, Kit(ty). German: Käthe. Polish: Kasia. Russian: Katya, Katinka.
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