Catherine Name Meaning & Origin

Catherine

Pronunciation: KA-thrin, KA-thə-rin (key)

Origin of the name Catherine:

English cognate of the Greek Aikaterinē, which is derived from katharos (pure, unsullied). Catherine has remained a perennially popular name and has been borne by many saints and members of European nobility. Var: Catharine, Cathryn.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Nicknames for Catherine

Kate, Cate, Cake, Kat, Cat, Cece, Kit, Kit-Kat, Kitty, Cathi, Kathy, Cathy, Cath, Kath, Kathie, Cathie, Katie, Catie, Caty, Katydid, Kay, Wren/ Rin, Caff, Tift, Trine, (I would love to include Raine, Cathe - rine, Cathy Raine. For it to make magical)

Meanings and history of the name Catherine

Catherine's most commonly accepted meaning is "pure," coming from the the Greek word "katharos," meaning "pure." There are other theories however, as Catherine's origins are not 100% certain, including another Greek word, "aikaterine," of unknown meaning, the possible origin from the Greek goddess Hecate, goddess of magic, and the Armenian word "Gadarine," meaning "she is the summit."

Famous real-life people named Catherine

Catherine Bell, American actress
Catherine "Cate" Blanchett, Australian actress
Catherine "Kate" Bosworth, American actress
Catherine Deneuve, French actress
Catherine Keener, American actress
Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
Catherine Oxenberg, American actress
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Welsh actress
Catherine "Tift" Merritt, American singer
Catherine West, that one girl Justin always texts and dreams about
Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife
Catherine Howard, Henry VIII's fifth wife
Catherine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth wife

Catherine in song, story & screen

Catherine Earnshaw "Cathy", and her daughter Catherine Linton, characters in the classic novel "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë.
Catherine Trammell, protagonist of the film "Basic Instinct"
Lady Catherine de Burgh, in Pride & Prejudice
Catherine Chandler, main character in the 1980s TV series "Beauty and the Beast", played by Linda Hamilton
"Catherine", novel by William Makepeace Thackeray
Catherine "Kitty" Bennet, youngest sister of Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice".
"Catherine", a novella written by Jane Austen during her teenaged years.
A Catherine wheel is a type of wheel-shaped firework, named after St. Catherine of Alexandria, who legend says was tortured on a spiked wheel.
Catherine Lightfoot (Richard Hammond's girlfriend in Top Gear)
Catherine, the sister of Myrtle Wilson in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"
Catherine Barkley, the love interest of "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway
Catherine 'Cathy' Dollanganger from the Dollanganger Saga by V. C. Andrews
Catherine April North Webb, Justin Alfred Pennyworth's "Bae" (Long Loving Wife) and assistant manager for the MLA in the movie "Where is Like Lemons"

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