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Kathleen

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  • Records indicate that 709,464 girls in the United States have been named Kathleen since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1951, when 26,673 people in the U.S. were given the name Kathleen. Those people are now 63 years old.

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    Comments about the name Kathleen

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      33 Positive Comments

  • "I'm named Betty Kathleen, but have alway gone by Kathie. My parents wanted Kathleen but couldn't find a middle name they liked with it so one night Dad was reading a murder mystery and said," how about Betty Kathleen?" I haven't always been happy with Kathy, but do think Kathleen is a beautiful name. I wanted to give my daughter my middle name but was afraid my mother-in-law would call her 'little Kathie' so decided on Jolene." Mar. 19, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 1994 Kathleen and I love my name. Initially, my dad wanted to name me Kathy. Just Kathy, not Kathleen or Katherine. My mom however wanted me to have a formal name. So they compromised: we will give her a formal name but she will always be called Kathy. Once that had been settled, my mom was trying to decide between Katherine and Kathleen. My dad did not like Katherine because of how much more popular it was than Kathleen and thus, Kathleen was born. I love being a Kathleen but I also love my nickname Kathy. I usually don't mind when people call me Kathleen, I'm just not used to it. I love the fact that all of the Katherines/Kathryns I know insist on going by Kate, Katie, or Kat but never Kathy, it just makes my nickname all the more unique! Don't be fooled by those who say that the names Kathleen and Kathy are dated because they're not, they're timeless. Katherine, Kathleen and Kathy go through all the generations. Going back to Kathleen: of the few other Kathleens I know that are my age, most tend to get called Kath. I don't like Kath so I just stick with Kathy. I suppose the -thl- might throw people off, but I have yet to experience that problem. All in all, Kathleen is a wonderful name!" Jul. 26, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 1998 Kathleen and I absolutely love my name! It's so special and unique, and nowadays, it's hard to find someone with such a classic name." Jun. 29, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Grandma insisted on Kathleen, Mam had plans for Pamela, up till I finished school I was Kathleen, then became Kathy for 10 years then chose to be called Kath, answering telephone callers they thought I said Pat! so I became once more Kathleen and have ben for the past 12 year, I do get Kath from hubby and old friends, I found out many years later that Grandma had known a young woman who she liked very much whose surname was the same as ours Foulds and she was Kathleen, so mystery solved." Aug. 16, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "When i was younger i hated my name, but now i love it. not a ton of people have the name and i think it is kinda pretty. When i was younger kids would add an extra syllable and say Kath-A-leen. i even said that because i had trouble saying it. i only know two other kathleens. I usually go by kathleen, kat, or kath. I absolutely hate it when people call me Kathy and i will tell them not to call me that, but i am fine with being called kath. i prefer kat or kathleen though. i just think that kathy sounds ugly." Apr. 25, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I prefer Kathleen but Kathy is just as nice....thanks mom and Dad I love the name Kathleen.....awesome" Apr. 10, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I obvious have the name Kathleen and I could not be happier with it! I would have liked to be called that but over the years (up in age) had to settle for Kathy which I do like as well........thumbs up the the name" Apr. 8, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 1949 Kathleen and have never allowed people to address me as Kathy. These days I'll put up with the Katherines and the (shudder) Kath-a-leens, but only because I have mellowed with the years and no longer get quite as militant about it as I did. Except for Kathy. No Kathy, ever." Dec. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 1991 Kathleen and I've pretty much given up correcting people who nearly always call me Kathryn. I love the name because it's so Irish (like me) and has been in the family for a long time (on both sides). Aside from my family I don't know anybody else with the name, so I'm distinctive. I think I would die if someone tried to call me Kat. If I wanted a nickname, wouldn't "Panther" have a little more dash?" Oct. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "amazing name, perfect sound, i know only four others with the name kathleen, but they are all perfect in every way.I only wish everyone were called kathleen" Jun. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 1994 Kathleen. I was named because my dad liked it and it isn't a very popular name. I absolutely refuse for people to call me Kathy or Katie, but some of my friends call me Kat or Kath, and I think that's fine. When people meet me, they repeat my name and most of the time say Katherine, which is so annoying because I always have to correct them. Sometimes people pronounce my name Kath-a-leen, but I don't really mind if they say it that way." Jun. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a 1956 Kathleen, nickname Beannie. I was called Kathleen at school and by people who didn't know me. Beannie was for family and friends. When I became an Aunt I decided to go by Kathleen because it was more grownup and respectable but now I am 53 and am going back to Beannie with family and friends for the informality and friendliness of it.I still use Kathleen in the workplace. I like it and always have." Feb. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always been called Kathleen, my mother wouldn't let anyone call me Kathy as a child. I rarely meet other women with the name and my family is not Irish. Some friends call me Kat which is fine." Nov. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 1974 Kathleen. Growing up I didn't particularly like it because Catherine and Katherine were the norm at the time, but now I truly see it's beauty. Over the years I transitioned to Kathy and now want to revert back to the full Kathleen as an adult." Oct. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name and its Irish meaning. I am a 1951 Kathleen. First my parents, and then I,have spent a lifetime informing folks that my full name is preferred; not Kathy , Katie or some other shortened version. I have not had any problems with mispronunciation of my name." Oct. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sister was a 1939 Kathleen. Even when we were children, she would correct anyone who mispronounced or misspelled her name. If called on the schoolyard by anything else, she would ignore it. She never accepted a nickname." Aug. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kathleen is also my name. Although it's not one of a kind, I appreciate it. :D" May. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kathleen Elizabeth and i didnt really like it until just reacently. My teachers would always call me Kathleen and I would tell them it was Katie. now i dont even try to change it, im starting to like it." Mar. 24, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 1959 Kathleen and I love my name. I have always insisted that I be called by my full name and I don't have a middle name. When someone called me Kathy, I was sure to correct them right away. Out of the 4000 kids in my high school, there were only 2 Kathleens that went by Kathleen; there were too many Kathy's to count but I think a lot of them were actually Kathryn's. My nickname is Katz." Jul. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "A ton of the friends that I've had, do not seem to know how to pronounce it. They know it's Kathleen Elizabeth, but they don't pronounce it like that. It always tends to be along the lines of, "Kath-a-leen El-(long i)-zabeth". I can not tell you how many times I've had to correct people on that! My parents thought it was a great family name and sounded right with my last name to, syllable, or something similar, wise. I tried to go by Kate, but I ended up as Katie, then Katy (k-t). When I went by Katy people would call me cat-ie. FYI: I'm not a cat!" Jul. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am only 14 years old, so I havn't had as much "experience" with the name, but I truly do Love my name being Kathleen. I was named after a combination of 3 of my aunts' names -my aunt KATHy, and my aunt charLEEN and combined to make Kathleen. and my middle name renee. people say that it's to hard to pronouce so they try to call me Kitkat or Kat, but i prefer to be called Kathleen. I am VERY Irish so i adore the name." Jul. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am only 14 years old, so I havn't had as much "experience" with the name, but I truly do Love my name being Kathleen. I was named after a combination of 3 of my aunts' names -my aunt KATHy, and my aunt charLEEN and combined to make Kathleen. and my middle name renee. people say that it's to hard to pronouce so they try to call me Kitkat or Kat, but i prefer to be called Kathleen. I am VERY Irish so i adore the name." Jul. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am only 14 years old, so I havn't had as much "experience" with the name, but I truly do Love my name being Kathleen. I was named after a combination of 3 of my aunts' names -my aunt KATHy, and my aunt charLEEN and combined to make Kathleen. and my middle name renee. people say that it's to hard to pronouce so they try to call me Kitkat or Kat, but i prefer to be called Kathleen. I am VERY Irish so i adore the name." Jul. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kathleen. But my parent never called me Kathleen. I was always called by my middle name, and it stuck. At age 46, in a new job in a new state I am introducing my self as Kathleen. Kathleen has a whole new vibe and I get a totally different reception. Kathleen is a respectable name, people are more formal with me now. I'm not sure if it like or not..." Jul. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a true Irish Kathleen. I go by Kat or Kathy because I was only called Kathleen when I was in trouble." May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name and wouldn't change it for the world. I got the name because I was born with a head full of red hair and my mom thought I should be given an Irish name, even though we're not Irish! :)" Nov. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm with the others in this group, I love having the name Kathleen! I like that it's a classic name without being too common or sounding old-fashioned. The only downside with having this name is that it's easily misspelled and I'm always asked, "is that spelled with a 'c' or a 'k'??"" Nov. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I looove this name sooo much!!! If i ever have a daughter i am soooo nameing her Kathleen!" Jul. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kathleen, and I was named after my grandma. I go by "Katie", my grandmas idea since Kathleen is such a long name for a little girl. As I get older, I go by Kathleen more and more. Its a classy name that has tradition to it. Extrenely proud of it." Jul. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I love it! I have met many people anmes Kathy and Katie but I have been the only Kathleen. It is elegant, classic and sounds smart." Apr. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name kathleen my bff name is that and we call her tatty or kat or kit kat!" Jan. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "kathleen is an original i hardley meet anyone with the name kathleen!!!" Feb. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. I'm 35 and there aren't too many Kathleens around (at least not that I've met). I hate when people misspell it (Kathlene, Katheline Kathline) or try something cute like calling me Kathy or Katie. It's Kathleen and I like it!" Dec. 1, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "My name is Kathleen, I am 42 yearso old and hagve never liked it, I have always discouraged anyone from calling me Kathleen although I hate Kath just as much, I prefer Kat or Kathy." Nov. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      12 Neutral Comments

  • "I named my daughter, Kathleen. It's beautiful, feminine, and Irish, too! My daughter likes it, too!" May. 28, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im a 1950s Kathleen and pretty much go with nothing shorter, When my first grandchild was born she calls me Mama and people call be Mama." Oct. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 1997 Kathleen, I really like my name because no one i know has it. I am called Kat.I hate how some people pronounce my name wrong they call me Kathrine or Katilyn. i always correct them. I have been called Kath-A-leen. and it gets anoying but i guess thats what you get when you don't have a very common name. Originally my parents were going to name me Kathrine but my grandmother suggested Kathleen and my mom fell in love with it. my name is Kathleen Anne." Aug. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kathleen and I think it's a pretty good name. As I get older (I'm now 15) I'm starting to like it more and more. Everyone usually spells my name wrong. They spell it with a "C" and sometimes spell it Cathlene or Kathlene. Most people pronounce my name Kath-a-leen. I'm constantly correcting them; I have to at least once everyday and it gets very tiring. I've never had anyone have the same name as me in my school until this year. One girl's name is Kathleen but she goes by Katie so I don't think it really counts. I was named after my grandma Kathy so I can't go by it and there are too many Katie's so I just go by Kathleen and Kat." Oct. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 1947 Kathleen. I was not called Kathy until 4th grade when we moved to a new school and I thought it sounded more "popular." I was named after grandmothers, Kathleen and Martha (a grandma name if there ever was one). I was born Christmas Eve and wanted to be called "Noel," but when I complained my mother said, "Well, we could have named you Martha Kathleen." I would like to be called Kathleen again, but at age 60, it's a little late. My nickname by family is "Kak."" May. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kathleen Elizabeth. It's very Irish because my family is. I have always gone by Katie. I like Katie a lot better because it sounds younger and more fresh. There is a girl in my class at school named Kathleen, which is what she goes by, so it gets confusing because our last names are extremely similar. So yeah, I love Katie." May. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like being called Kathy and have used that name on my business cards for years and years, no matter where I work or what line of business I'm in. Most people seem to automatically decide my name is Cathy and/or Catherine. I don't bother correcting them unless it becomes important (legal matter etc). Kathleen is a priggish name, but I do like Kathy." May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kathleen because my father wanted me to have that name. He then promptly started calling me Kelly at it is supposedly a nick-name akin to "lassy". The name is beautiful but I have never felt like a kathleen." Nov. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "two of my aunts name are kathleen(one different sides) i don't call one of them by any name besides auntie, but everyone else calls her kathy and my other aunt everyone pretty much calls her kete, weird i know!" Nov. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Kathleen and though I like my name I hate most of the nicknames for it! Kathy is so horrible and I don't like Kate much either. I usually go by Kat, it's much cuter. My best friend always tells me my name sounds too old for me, so he never uses my full name." Sep. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kathleen,and my parents named me after the song "I'll take you home,Kathleen" Jun. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Very few Kathleen's I meet. People often call me Katherine. Also, some hilarious spelling of my name. Every wants to put in a third sylable, ie Kath-a-leen. I also get my name shortened to Kathy. I usually just say my correct name and say, it's the irish version." Jul. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate



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