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Catherine

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Origin: Greek
Meaning: Pure

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Catherine

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Catherine in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Catherine:

  • Records indicate that 649,453 girls in the United States have been named Catherine since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1956, when 12,070 people in the U.S. were given the name Catherine. Those people are now 62 years old.

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    Comments about the name Catherine

    88% Approval Rating
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      36 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Catherine. I think it is a beautiful and strong name but it has always been too formal for me. I have always gone by Cathy." Feb. 17, 2018: Report as inappropriate

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  • "My name is Catherine after my great aunt, Cathy. my friends call my "Cat" and my family call me "Katie" everyone spells my name with a K but its a C. but i love my name it makes me different than everybody else. :)" Mar. 3, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named Catherine after my maternal grandmother, who was known as "Cate". I'm called Cathy or Cat, but my fiance prefers to call me by my full given name, because he says it sounds romantic and elegant. My one complaint is that everyone spells it with a "K", even if they've known me for a while!" Oct. 16, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Catherine and i also think it is better spelled with three syllables. i never used to like my name but now i do and i think its a timeless classic and very elegant" Mar. 5, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love how most of these comments talk of having their nickname being Cat, thats what I go by Cat, Kitty, Meow, Catherine. I have had alot of nicknames since my name is Catherine, but I love being called Cat! :)" Nov. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Catherine and it's not like I hate it, but I wish I had a nickname!! How about Rina?" Mar. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Catherine Rose. We call her Cate, or Catie. Love it!" Oct. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Catherine, but every one calls me Cat!! MEOW ^^ <= cat ears :D" Sep. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sister's name is Catherine. Her last name is McCarthy so we call her CMac. I love her name!!" Sep. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Catherine (I got by Cat) and I've been called anything from Cat, Kitty, Kitten, Cathy... I love the versatility of the name" Mar. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "love it my best friend is Catherine and we all call her KitCat" Nov. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "love it my best friend is Catherine and we all call her KitCat" Nov. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm another Catherine and have been nothing but pleased with it. A beautiful, classic name that everyone can pronounce (except Indian telemarketers, which is actually quite handy--if somone calls me Cath-reen, I know I'm in for a sales pitch), and most people can spell if you give them the hint that it starts with a "C". So many options for nicknames with a classic professional name to fall back on too." Oct. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Catherine. I use it for business. Friends and family call me Katie. Catherine has been passed down in my family for at least 4 generations. I am very proud to have been given this name. It's a beautiful and very elegant." Aug. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "love it! if only people understood its catie with a "C." someone once told me i spelled my name wrong." Jul. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Cousin's name is Catherine and we always call her Katie. She Hates being called by her full name, (by that I mean middle and last as well)... But she likes her name Catherine, especially because when we were younger we used to be the 2 Cs. We both had names starting with "C". :)" Jun. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "For most of your life you're an adult and Catherine is an elegant, ladylike woman's name. I'm a career girl so I love the fact that I have a sensible name. If you want to give your baby daughter a name she'll love her whole life, call her Catherine. She'll go far in life and to you, she'll always be your little Katie." May. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name being Catherine. It's great! Anyone who knows me well, calls me Cat. Cat is so great too. People call me Kitty, Cat, and Catherine. If you're looking for a name for a girl, then Catherine is the best!" May. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Catherine is my name and i love it, but i have gone by the name Cat since I was a little kid. Catherine can sound standoffish, so I use it for business/work, but anyone who reall y knows me calls me Cat." Mar. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "You can make so many names with Catherine! There's Cathy Cat Kat Kate Cat Cate Kitty kitkat kitten kitty prettykitty......." Jul. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my mother's name and I think it is beautiful. However, everyone except for her family calls her Cathy. I don't think the name Cathy is quite as charming though." Jul. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Catherine and I have always liked it. When I was young I went by Cathy, and now that I am an adult I go by Catherine, and only the people close to me call me Cathy. My grandpa used to call me kitty or kitten. I was named after my great grandmother." Jun. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i'm called Catherine and i love it, the problems with it ar the horrible K spelling and the stupid nick names! How is Kate any sort of an abriviaton for Catherine?" Apr. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "What a great name - I like both versions 'Catherine' and 'Katherine' the same. Absolutely beautiful. And you can do so much with it - Kathy, Kate, Katie, Cat, Kitty, and Cate are just some of them!" Mar. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I like it because it is spelled with a C. However, many people state they prefer it to be spelled with a K. Most say it is old fashioned, but it is growing on me." Nov. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my sister's name, she's pretty happy with it. People always pronounce it correctly butthey will often spell it with a "K" at the start." Oct. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Catherine. And most of my friends spell my name wrong like endine it with YN RINE ,or just with y" Sep. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "it is a very pretty name, very royal and beautiful name" Feb. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Catherine is the name of my great aunt.It's a beautiful name,and I would never spell it differently.The only problem is that it's not a 'fun' name." Jan. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I would never spell this name with a K,it just doesn't look right." Jan. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my mother-in-law's name who I will be naming my daughter after." Dec. 16, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like it. like someone else said, it is a 'very classic, beautiful, feminine, strong name.' (NOTE: i quoted them... look w/ single quotes)" Dec. 16, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it is a loving and peaceful name because my mum's name is catherine and she is loving and peaceful" Nov. 27, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think this is a very classic, beautiful, feminine, strong name. I would like to name my next daughter this name." Jul. 11, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      5 Negative Comments

  • "My name is Catherine (Catherine Jane, actually- I was excited to see another with the same name!!)... I hate it. Always have. I don't feel like a "Catherine". Most people call me Cathy and I don't like that either. I have tried to switch to Rine or Kate but people just won't switch to calling me that. I don't mind Cath as much and a few friends call me Cat or Cee. To me, Catherine is just too plain and doesn't suit my personality. It's pretty but I just don't like it. I do like that it is classic though since names have gotten a little crazy lately." Jul. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Catherine. I'm not too fond of it, to be honest. It just doesn't suit me. /: There's too many Catherines and Kathryns and any other way to spell it in my school. [There's always a popular one and I hate it when someone calls their name and I think they're talking to me for a sec.] [though I'd never change my name. My parents gave me this name and I'll stick with it.] And everyone always spells it wrong! DX" May. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes, Catherine is a classic name, handed down for hundreds of years. The trouble is, it's just not pretty. It seems like a good name for a spinster librarian or someone who has their hair bun pulled too tight. It's very ponderous and forbidding. For a more feminine and prettier version, go with the softer Cathleen or Kathleen. OR, if a person is dead-set on using Catherine for whatever reason, the spelling Kathryn is far more pleasing!" Feb. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My friends name is Catherine, she's hecka cooool. :D" Dec. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name Catherine, but my parents used the derivative Cathy. Which I hate." May. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      12 Neutral Comments

  • "my name is not even Catherine, it's simply "Cat", I gusse my name is ok "Cat" and since I can't find the meaning of the name Cat(the name Cat most likely means as in the animeal cat), the name Catherine AlWAYS pops up." Jul. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Catherine. I love it, especially when my friends call me Cat! <3" Jul. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Catherine Jane and I have mixed feelings the name Catherine. I like the fact that it is a traditional classic name that hasn't really dated. However I hate that there are always so many of us around and that there are so many different spellings of the name that I am always having to spell it out to people. I was called Cathy growing up which I didn't really like so switched to Catherine when I finished university (although my family still insist on calling me Cathy despite the fact that I am now in my 40s). I would like to be called Cate but I have a cousin, Katrina, who is Kate and has the same surname as me. With Cate being out, I prefer Cat or Cath to Cathy." Nov. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Catherine, think it is VERY pretty and strong sounding. My husband is Christopher (Kit) so we named our house KitCat Cottage. I have been called Kate, Cat, and Cathy." Jun. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "one of my best friends is catherine and i think it's a pretty good name even though she hates it. lol. ;]" Nov. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Named after my Grandmother. Catherine to family and Cathy by friends. Of course everyone tries to spell it with a "K". Even when my Mother was dying and I'd ask her if she knew who I was she whispered out Catherine." Jul. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is catherine, i usually go by catie, catherine, cat, or kitty" Jun. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am called catherine and i rock more then all you other catherines or katherines or kathryns hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa looooooooooooooooooooosers xxx" Apr. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am called catherine and i rock more then all you other catherines or katherines or kathryns hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa looooooooooooooooooooosers xxx" Apr. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Catherine. I love the sound of Catherine, but I think it is too long for everyday use. Since my parents decided to name me Catherine, but for a nickname Kate, people always spell it Cate. I would love to change the spelling to Kathryn. I don't like it spelled Katherine though, it doesn't look right." Mar. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't like that people shorten it to Cath. Is sounds horrible!! All my friends know that I hate it and call me either Cathy or Catherine. There is always a false familiarity then when people call me Cath." Oct. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Catherine, and I find the name wonderfully feminine, and it always seems to come across to people as unique...without being strange. No matter how many women named "Catherine" you'll meet, it always sounds new. The only downside is everyone I meet assumes that I spell my name with a "K" instead of "C". (Well, almost everyone...)" Jul. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate



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