Kathleen name meaning

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in 2010

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Kathleen mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Kathleen

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Nebraska, U.S., the name Kathleen is of Irish origin and means "Pure of heart".
  2. According to 8 people from the United States and Australia, the name Kathleen is of Irish origin and means "Pure".
  3. According to a user from Alaska, U.S., the name Kathleen is of Greek origin and means "Anglicized form of Caitlin, from Katherine, which has debated etymology but could mean 'each of the two', 'torture', 'my consecration of your name', or 'pure', but it may be related to the name Hecate, meaning 'far off'".
  4. A submission from Hawaii, U.S. says the name Kathleen means "Chaste, pure" and is of American origin.
  5. A submission from New York, U.S. says the name Kathleen means "Pure One".
  6. A submission from Canada says the name Kathleen means "Pure or unblemished".
  7. A submission from New Jersey, U.S. says the name Kathleen means "An irsh name that means pure" and is of Portuguese origin.
  8. A user from Wisconsin, U.S. says the name Kathleen means "Dear to my heart".
  9. According to a user from California, U.S., the name Kathleen is of Irish origin and means "So dear to my heart".
  10. A submission from California, U.S. says the name Kathleen means "This beautiful name means a feminine and lovely girl" and is of American origin.
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Anglicization of Caitlín, an Irish equivalent of the English Catherine.

  1. A female given name from Irish.
  2. An unincorporated community in Alberta, Canada.
  3. An unincorporated community in Georgia, United States.
  4. A census-designated place in Florida, United States; named for early settler Catherine Prine.
  5. A ghost town in Western Australia, Australia.

Notable Persons Named Kathleen

Notable Persons Named Kathleen

Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin is an observational comedy, ribaldry, black comedy, and improvisational theatre comedian. Kathy was given the name Kathleen Mary Griffin on November 4th, 1960 in Oak Park, Illinois.

Kathy Bates

She has been prominent since 1971. Kathy was given the name Kathleen Doyle Bates on June 28th, 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh is an actress and businesswoman. She was most active from 1995 to present. Kate was given the name Kathleen Erin Walsh on October 13th, 1967 in San Jose, California, United States.

Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner is an actress, singer, stage director, and actor. She has been prominent since 1977. Kathleen was given the name Mary Kathleen Turner on June 19th, 1954 in Springfield, Missouri, U.S.

Kate Capshaw

Kate Capshaw is an actress. Her career lasted from 1981 to 2003. Kate was given the name Kathleen Sue Nail on November 3rd, 1953 in Fort Worth, Texas, United States.

Marchioness of Hartington Kathleen Cavendish

Marchioness was given the name Kathleen Agnes Kennedy by her parents Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., and Rose Kennedy on February 20th, 1920 in Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S. She died on May 13th, 1948.

  • Kathleen Hanna
  • Kathleen Kennedy
    President of Lucasfilm
  • Kathleen Quinlan
  • Kathleen Robertson
  • Kathy Hilton
  • Kathleen Wynne
    Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party
  • Kathy Ireland
  • Kathleen Sebelius
    21st United States Secretary of Health
  • Kathleen Rubins
  • Kathy Garver
  • Kathy Etchingham
  • Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
    6th Lieutenant Governor of Maryland
  • Kat DeLuna
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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kathleen

Notable Persons With the Last Name Kathleen

Kat Richardson

Kat Richardson is a fantasy literature writer. She has been prominent since 2006. Kat was given the name Mary-Patricia Kathleen on May 22nd, 1964.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kathleen U.S.
  White 93.40% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kathleen

People with the last name Kathleen are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Kathleen

  • What name lists does Kathleen rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Kathleen? Kathleen is the 77th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kathleen was the 153,769th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kathleen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 713,904 babies born with the first name Kathleen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kathleen 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 Kathleen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 21 new born babies.
  • When was Kathleen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kathleen is Friday, October 22nd, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Kathleen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kathleen was in 1951 with a total of 26,716 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kathleen!
  • Random Kathleen Factoid: According to the 1923 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kathleen ranks 54th in popularity as a baby girl's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, 186 babies in North Carolina have the same name in 1923.
  • Weird things about the name Kathleen: The name spelled backwards is Neelhtak. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Kanteleh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kathleen? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 106 people with the last name Kathleen.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kathleen? Kathleen is one of the most unique last names recorded.
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