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

A few facts about the girl's name Katherine:

  • Records indicate that 617,302 girls in the United States have been named Katherine since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1990, when 11,611 people in the U.S. were given the name Katherine. Those people are now 29 years old.

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    Comments about the name Katherine

    91% Approval Rating
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      29 Positive Comments

  • "Yes it is my name. I like it now after age 50. Younger went for Kathy which I don't like at all today" Mar. 16, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name i know 2 other girls who r named Katherine. If i hav three girls i would name them katherine sofia and MArina" Oct. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love my name. Very classic and elegant when spelled with a K, though kind of dull and boring when spelled with a C. The only down side is that people tend to want to call me Kathy -- I will answer to most any nickname for Katherine (heck, I'll even answer to Kim or Kelly if you've misheard the right name), but not Kathy; never Kathy. (I have to admit that until I read some of the comments here I never realized that people had issues with the pronunciation of Katherine -- two syllables, three syllables, accented, whatever, it's the same name.)" Sep. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named my daughter (born in 2006) Katherine and pronounce it with 3 syllables -- "KATH-err-inn". We call her Katie and I like the fact that she can choose from a variety of nicknames as she gets older." Mar. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Katherine is my name. My experiences with my name is great! I love my name because its just so unique and cool. People say it correctly but a lot of people think i am Italian because of it... well i am 94% Italian but they say it like I am from Italy and it gets annoying sometimes because i'm like I know i am Italian just shut up! A lot of people spell it wrong to and its like do you know how to spell or not. They spell it all weirdly ways. I also meet a lot of other people with the same name as me except they always spell it differently and all the people i meet that spell it like Kathryn. It just gets so annoying sometimes. Anyway over all Katherine is the best name i could ever have. When a girl (or a guy) get older and get married someday don't you think the name Katherine sounds good on say like a wedding card. I love my name! :0)" Sep. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've always found Katherine to be the perfect name because it's many nickname varieties can suit tomboys and "girly-girls" alike. Also, the letter "K" is much more defined and pleasing to the eye, versus Catherine with a "C". I've always wished my name was Katherine." Aug. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Katherine. I like my name alot. I like that you can be called Katherine, Katie, Kate, Kat, etc. It fits me well." Jun. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Katherine and two other people in my class are named Katherine but their names are spelled in different ways. The first girl's name is Kathryn with a "y" (people call her Katie).The next girl's name (my bff)is name Catherine with a "C". We call her Cat...but it gets really confusing because people call me Kat also. The rest of my family calls me Katarina because that is the Croatian way of saying it." Apr. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "There is a beautiful girl I know named Katherine. She's nice and kind and her name really fits her wonderful personality. I like calling her Kat because it really fits the fact that she never really listens to me about anything and always does her own thing.:)" Mar. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely love my name. I am seventeen and am a "Katherine" who goes by "Kate," but I've got at least a dozen other girls in my grade with the same name who all seem to prefer "Katie." Personally, I think "Katie" is a bit too, you know, cutesy, and I really like the kind of image you get of someone named Kate or Katherine. It makes you think of someone who is strong and independent, but still classy. No one really spells it wrong (the only question I ever get is if it's with a K or a C), and I don't usually have to worry about people pronouncing it correctly (though everyone in my family says it with two syllables, not three) because I always correct them and say "Kate" regardless of how they pronounce it. *shrug* My mother named me after Katharine Hepburn, but changed the second 'a' to an 'e' just out of personal spelling preference." Jan. 24, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "its my name so i have to give it a thumbs up, but i go by Katie. i like it better :) i bet when i get older ill apreciate it more" Mar. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name, but I learned how to spell just before I went into kindergarden. Before that, people called me Kate and still do." Sep. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Katherine but everyone calls me Katie. I love my name!" Aug. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name. i always have when i was little even when we played house i would pick my name... but yes it was difficult when first learning how to spell it. the hardest part though i would have to say if how no one else can ever spell my name right... i mean there are so many different ways -katherine 28, CA" Aug. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Katherine is a fabulous classy name. We call our daughter Kasi (the Polish version of Katy) which makes it just a little unusual." Mar. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Katherine is such a great name when it is givin to such a hot person like me" Dec. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Katherine, but everytime I meet someone new, they spell it Kathrine. Most people in my grade, do not share the same name as me. I think right now my name is very unique and feminine." Oct. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Katherine and I like it a lot, but when I was little and learning to write I hated it, because it has nine letters and it took me forever to write my name! My little sister is called Emma, I think my parents learned from their mistake!" Aug. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Katherine. When I was in 7th grade there were 2 other girls in my class with the same name,and I went by Katie another by Katherine, and the last went by Danny her second name." Aug. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is Katherine (Kate). She'll be 18 next month. Despite Katherine's popularity, I still love it." Aug. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "While my Katherine goes by Katie most of the time I wanted her to have a strong yet feminine name in case she wanted to be a doctor or lawyer." Jul. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Most people dont spell their name that way, its usualy with a c. But i love my name but most call me Kat!" Jun. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is katherine. i am 22. i was named after my mamaw. when i was born, she told my mom that she wanted me to be called katherine. my parents and other family have consistently called me that since i was a baby. but very few people in my family can spell it correctly. it can be annoying. when i started kindergarten, i told my mom i wanted to go by amanda (my first name) because i thought katherine was "old sounding". in high school, i began to regret asking my mom to tell my teachers that i prefered amanda over katherine, because i met a lot of amanda's through the years and most were blond and had bad reps. i am a brunette, myself, and very a very nice girl, but people associated my name with others of the same name. i knew of other girls named katie, kate, katherine, and kathy and i longed to be called by katherine, too. i thought it was so beautiful--queens had my name. but i feared that people would mispell it or pronounce it wrong, and amanda was just much easier. now, i usually introduce myself as katherine unless i am in school or it is an important appointment where the person definitely needs to remember my name. as i got older, i embraced my name. i like all of the nicknames that come from my name, too. my favorite is REENE which my daddy especially gave me. he is the only person that calls me that. i love katey, too. i think it is a pretty nickname from katherine. if i have a daughter, i want to name her kaitelynne and call her kit for short, because kit is another one of my favorite shortenings of katherine." Feb. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its a classic and handy name. I can be a Kate at work, a Katie to my close family and a Katherine in formal contexts (or when I am in trouble!)" Jan. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "very classy and timeless, but not too overused like jennifer or ashley or melissa" Jan. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've ALWAYS loved my name Katherine Elizabeth. The Katherine is after my father's mother and Elizabeth is my Mom's mom. I proudly carry my two grandmas with me always. I've always thought my name sounds royal, like a Queen." Nov. 26, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Katherine and I love it! People call me Katie for short, but, I still LOVE the name Katherine!" Nov. 23, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Katherine. When I was little, I went through a stage that I wanted to be called "Lady Katherine" and I would not respond to Katie." Aug. 4, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I always hated it until I got older. Now I think it's a really feminie and classy name and it fits me. Though most people call me Kathy that know me well." Jul. 19, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "Personally I don't like the name for me. I have use a short form for most of my life. Katherine feels very formal." Jun. 24, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Katherine and I hate it, it's way too common. In our group 3 out of 13 people are called Katherine..." Feb. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "right how i don't really like the name Katherine becuase it sounds too old. i'm only 16 so i don't think is suits me right now.i have combines my names katherine and lee to get kailee, which i like way better. i want to change my name to kailee, but i am unsure if i will like that when i get older" Oct. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      12 Neutral Comments

  • "I have a daughter nmed Katherine and I think it is the prettiest name ever in the world." Jan. 8, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Katherun iz mai name an i luv it. i call miself kayt wit a y and evrywun says im so kewl omg i luv this name by teh way im a forty yr old man" Sep. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Katherine, but everyone says katie. its so funny at school people are like, your name is katherine?! wow they are slow!" Oct. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • " k. My names Katherine. I like the name Wynter and Prentice better." Sep. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Katherine but I go by Kate. I'm told by men both names are hot." Aug. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "As a Katherine myself, I have grown to discover my name leaves room for a double-self. Katherine is sophisticated, mature and rather timeless than old fashioned. On the other hand, no matter how you shorten it, almost all Katherine nicknames evoke a sense of spunk. I'm lovingly known as "Kat" amongst my friends. Katie or Kate never stuck the same way...but I still love the family." May. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Katherine is an all right name. Personally, I'm not a big fan of it. I find it too old-fashioned, that's why I always go by Katie. I always wished I had a more exotic variant of this name like Katerina or Katalina." Jan. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My parents gave me the name Katherine because it has many nicknames, so they thought I was bound to find one I liked. Most people call me Katie, but I've been using my full name more as I get older. People usually spell and pronounce Katherine correctly (two syllables only, and it's Kath-RIN, not Kath-REEN, both e's are silent), but the main problem with the name is my chosen nickname doesn't 'sound enough' like my real name, so people sometimes think Katie and Katherine are two seperate people! Also, people try to call me awful things like Kathy or Kat. (which sound like an old lady and a stripper) I was never teased for my name as a child, but in 10th grade, a teacher with a strong Spanish accent mispronounced Katherine as kuh-TREEN, which led to a classroom of students referring to me as Katrine the Latrine for the rest of the semester. :(" Jan. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "im so sexy so thats waht made this name so popular..btw my name is katherine..haahahahhaahaahhaahahahahahahahahaahahahahhaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahshaahahahahaahahahahahahahhaahahahhaahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahaahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahaah" Jan. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "A beautiful, classic name. It's the name of my mother in law. I think it sounds so sophisticated and elegant." Dec. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I always wanted a less common name when I was growing up (there were 3 other Katie's in my 1st grade class). Other than the popularity and the fact that someone always spells part of it wrong I think it is a nice name." Dec. 5, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well, I kind of like my name because I can have a lot of different nicknames, but it is incredibly popular. i was talking to one of my friends, and she said,"yeah, I didn't know you in sixth grade, but I probably could have guessed your name because there are like eight Katherine's in our grade level."" Jun. 25, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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