Katherine name meaning

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Origin and Meaning of Katherine

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  1. 15 people from all over the world agree the name Katherine is of Greek origin and means "Pure".
  2. A user from Texas, U.S. says the name Katherine is of Greek origin and means "Anglicized form of the Greek name Aikaterina, meaning 'pure'. Likely has roots in 'katharos', the Greek word from which we derive 'catharsis'".
  3. A submission from Michigan, U.S. says the name Katherine means "Pure and clear" and is of Latin origin.
  4. 2 submissions from Texas, U.S. agree the name Katherine means "princess" and is of English origin.
  5. A user from Virginia, U.S. says the name Katherine means "love girl".
  6. A submission from Virginia, U.S. says the name Katherine means "Love name".
  7. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Katherine is of Chewa origin and means "Darling of the people".
  8. According to a user from Texas, U.S., the name Katherine means "Kath = gift of God + Erine = peaceful. Peaceful gift of God. God's peaceful gift".
  9. A user from Maryland, U.S. says the name Katherine is of Serbian origin and means "Ukraine".
  10. A user from Florida, U.S. says the name Katherine means "Passionate".
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  1. A female given name from Ancient Greek, a popular spelling variant of Catherine.
  2. A placename given to a river and a town in Northern Territory, Australia.

Notable Persons Named Katherine

Notable Persons Named Katherine

Katharine Dexter McCormick

Katharine was given the name Katherine Dexter on August 27th, 1875 in Dexter, Michigan. She breathed her last breath on December 28th, 1967.

Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson is a in the fields of mathematics and computer science. Katherine was born on August 26th, 1918 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Katherine Waterston

Katherine Waterston is an actress. She was most active from 2004 to present. Katherine was given the name Katherine Boyer Waterston by her parents Sam Waterston and Given name on March 3rd, 1980 in Westminster, London, England.

Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1984 to present. Tilda was given the name Katherine Matilda Swinton by her parent John Swinton of Kimmerghame on November 5th, 1960 in London, England, UK.

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl is an actress, film producer, and model. She has had major accomplishments since 1992. Katherine was given the name Katherine Marie Heigl on November 24th, 1978 in Washington, D.C., U.S. Katherine is also known as Heigl and Katherine Marie.

Kat Dennings

Kat Dennings is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2000. Kat was given the name Katherine Litwack on June 13th, 1986 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S.

  • Katie Cassidy
  • Kate Upton
  • Kate Mulgrew
  • Katie McGrath
  • Kat Von D
    Tattoo Artist
  • Katie Couric
  • Katherine Ryan
  • Katherine Schwarzenegger
  • Katherine McNamara
  • Kate Valentine
    Fashion Design
  • Katherine Helmond
  • Elaine Hendrix
  • Kate Burton
  • Kathy Baker

Notable Persons With the Last Name Katherine

Notable Persons With the Last Name Katherine

Princess Katherine

Princess Katherine was royalty. Princess was born as the child of Constantine I of Greece and Sophia of Prussia on May 4th, 1913 in Athens. She died on October 2nd, 2007.


Katherine is royalty. She holds the title Crown Princess of Serbia and Crown Princess of Yugoslavia. Katherine was born on November 13th, 1943 in Athens.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Katherine U.S.
  White 58.64% 64.26%
  African American 28.80% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.14% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.81% 16.26%

Of Last Name Katherine

People with the last name Katherine are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Katherine

  • What name lists does Katherine rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Katherine? Katherine is the 90th most popular name of all time. As a last name Katherine was the 95,545th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Katherine have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 642,001 babies born with the first name Katherine in the United States. That's more than enough people named Katherine to occupy the country of Montenegro with an estimated population of 620,029 (as of April 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Katherine? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 507 new born babies.
  • When was Katherine first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Katherine is Tuesday, July 18th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Katherine born? The highest recorded use of the first name Katherine was in 1990 with a total of 11,626 babies. That's a lot of babies named Katherine!
  • Random Katherine Factoid: According to the 1962 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Katherine ranks 81st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Michigan. Imagine that, 250 babies in Michigan have the same name in 1962.
  • Weird things about the name Katherine: The name spelled backwards is Enirehtak. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Thkaenrei. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Katherine? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 191 people with the last name Katherine.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Katherine? Katherine is one of the most unique last names recorded.
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