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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Kathryn

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

A few facts about the girl's name Kathryn:

  • Records indicate that 445,908 girls in the United States have been named Kathryn since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1952, when 8,496 people in the U.S. were given the name Kathryn. Those people are now 68 years old.

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      41 Positive Comments

  • "I'm Kathryn Ada Mary. Always called Kathy by my family. Other Cathys in school so i went by Kathryn. UsuallY JUST Kathy now. Sometimes Kat. But I hate being called Kath! Makes my skin crawl! I like my name a lot! My daughter's middle name is Kathryn: Lisa Kathryn Marie.She likes it too!" Nov. 1, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name.It is my personality and I only know one another Kathryn I was named after my great grandmother.People say my middle name wrong and lots of people spell it wrong." May. 31, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kathryn, is the best name for a little girl. My daughter is Kathryn, and I don't like it to be changed to Katy, or Kathy, as that is not her name. It is one of the most classy and elegant names to be given." Apr. 12, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Kathryn Marie. It is a name in every generation of our family going back to the 1680's. We call her Katie. But when she grows up to be a C.E.O. of a major corporation she can go back to Kathryn." Mar. 27, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I think it makes the most sense in terms of pronunciation, but people always spell it wrong and try to give you nicknames, which I hate" Aug. 16, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is called Kathryn Louise.I call her Kitty sometimes.. I think its a beautiful name and she suits it.She loves her name 💕👍" Aug. 14, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kathryn (pronounced Ca-thrin)after my great-grandmother, and I love it. When I was younger I didn't like it as much because I wanted something more "unique" and I thought Kathryn was too "old lady-ish." But as I went into Middle School, I really started to appreciate it more. I go by Kathryn most of the time, but my grandmother calls me Kat. People sometimes call me Kathy, which I don't mind. I've never been called katie, nor do I want to be. I don't have a problem with people pronouncing it wrong, but I don't think I've ever had someone spell it right on the first try. And I have only met a handful of Kathryns. Most people spell it the more "traditional" ways. If you do decide to name your kid Kathryn, I think you should give a bit of a more exiting middle name, so they can go by that when they are younger if they want to. But all in all, I really do love my name!" Jun. 12, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Kathryn, my mother is Kathryn, and her mother is Catherine. Go figure! I am proud to carry on the name :)" Dec. 30, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's so weird to see some many other Kathryn's! I go by Kat! I love my name!" Sep. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kathryn and as I've gotten older I've come to appreciate my name more and more. I'm known as Katie, or Kate, to my family and friends and use my full name for more professional situations. I think the name itself is versatile and feminine. I'm quite proud to be a Kathryn." Jul. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kathryn Irene. Such a pretty sound isn't it? I love my name. I do go by "Kat" for all the lazy people who don't want to say the whole name. Only a few call me Kathryn still. I always smile when they say it. I am Kathryn Irene and dang proud of it! :D" Jul. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sisters name is Kathryn and I've always loved how it was spelled with an ryn instead of a erine its so much prettier soundind" Jan. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Kathryn too and that is a lot of people named Kathryn..." Dec. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "it is a wonderful name.......i am called kathi yes with an i could not stand the y when i was 14........broke my fathers hear but i was ......ok there are many kathys out there some with a c few with k but not many are kathryn.......take this name and wear it proudly ........" Sep. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "kathryn is my birth name but people call me katie.. i hate being called katie. and wen i go to university im gunna offically make every1 call me kathryn or kathy BUT NEVER KATE... :) i think people who have the name kathryn are special because it is one of those peaceful, calming names. its so elegant and i get a lot of praise wen i say my real name is kathryn. also its very different to the normal way of spelling it.. catherine or katherine i relly dont like. x" Mar. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mother's name is Mary Kathryn. She was born in 1931. There were so many Mary's in her school that the teacher decided my mom would be "Kathy". Today my mom goes by Kathy to her church friends, Kate to her family, and Kathryn professionally. My first born daughter (born in 1982) is named Kathryn Louise. She goes strictly by Kathryn, although the family sometimes calls her Kittyryn or Katrinka." Mar. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Kathryn, named after my Gramma (yes, gramma) Kathy. Everyone calls me Kate, so I don't normally answer to Kathryn, but still, I love it!" Feb. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i used to hate my name because people from my country can't ever say it right. they always say "kat-rin" or "katerin.." but when I came here to the States, I started appreciating my name.. elegant and pure ;)" Feb. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love being called Kathryn. It's classic and elegant. It means "pure" and queens are named Kathryn. It all comes from Catherine/Katherine, I think, but there are many derivations of the name, I like Kathryn the best. People called me Kathy all my childhood and early adulthood, most people call me Kat now, except for those who have known me forever and those who I let call me that. I was named after an old girlfriend of my dad's and my mother chose the spelling and gave me the middlename of Marie = I feel it's the same as being called Mary Catherine,a deliciously Irish name... K" Feb. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kathryn Irene and i love it!!!even though most of the time i am called Kathy but either is fine...I'm only 20 and I dont think it is an old lady name. Its Classic and i would like my daughters middle name to be Kathryn." Oct. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My middle name in Kathryn and i love the way it is spelled! My aunt calls me Allicat and i think it should be spelled: Allikat because it makes so much more sense. I love the name anyways, if i have a baby and it is a girl i might name her Kathryn Alexa." Jun. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mary Kathryn, named for my mother Mary Margaret. I've been called Kathy since I was born, so I identify more with Kathryn than Mary. I think it's a beautiful, classic, strong name." May. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Kathryn and I love it. It may be a different spelling than the most classic versions with C or erine, but I love it. I can't believe the first poster said she thought it was an old ladies name. MAUDE is an old lady name. Hazel, Gertrude. Kathryn is like Isabel. Famous actresses, icons, QUEENS, have been named Kathryn. She should be proud. AND happy, you can be Kat, Kate, Kay, Kathy. Just use a different derivation." Apr. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've ALWAYS had to spell out my name. Just when I properly train my peeps though, I move. At least the pronounciation isn't hard for [most] to grasp." Dec. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kathryn. I like it. I think the spelling is pretty. When I grew up, on my street, one house after the other (with only one person being across the street), there was Karin, Kathryn, Catherine, Catherine, Karen, and Kathryn! I've always had to spell both my first and last names, so that's just part of my life. My nickname is Kathy. People can call me "Kathy" or "Kathryn", I don't care which. "Kathryn" makes me feel more special, though. "Kathryn" is the Danish spelling. My grandmother was Danish and always called me kah-treen, saying it the Danish way. My father chose my name, and my mother chose the spelling. She thought she was spelling it like Katharine Hepburn, but she spelled it wrong! (She prefers K-A-T-H-R-Y-N, so it's not a mistake.) Interestingly, a friend named her daughter after me. She had to ask how to spell it because she's from a foreign country. I told her all the ways to spell it and their origins, and she chose "Katharine". I was sort of named for Katharine Hepburn, but with a different spelling, and little Katharine was named after me but spelled like Katharine Hepburn!" Nov. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate


  • "I'm named Kathryn, and called Kate for short. I love my name because it manages to be both classic and hip at the same time. The only problem I have is that people call me "Katie" a lot, which doesn't fit me at all, I have to be either "Kathryn" or "Kate". Also, while this spelling isn't the most popular, i have met other people who spell it this way." Jun. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my second name, The spelling is much more interesting, I don't really like the spelling Katherine... it seems strange seeing as people pronounce that as kath-rin, not kath-er-rin, therefore it looks better spelt phonetically :)" May. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My full name is Kathryn I hate it when people spell it weird, and I hate it when they call me Katie it's short for Kate and Kate only" Mar. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kathryn is my name and I like it. I don't like it to be shortened. I pronounce it Kath-RYN. It is frequently misspelled, but what the heck. I like the different spelling." Feb. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a good, strong name... a classic name. Some people misspell it, which I've always thought was weird because it's pretty common. The only thing I don't like is reading some comments on name sites where people call the spelling trendy. It is NOT trendy! It is classic. Just look at the caption under the popularity timeline (above). Kathryn has been a popular version spelling for at least 100 years, and is also the Welsh version of the name. I also like that it doesn't look like it says Kath-ER-RHINE like some of the other spellings." Oct. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name and would agree with the previous comments that it's nice to have a unique spelling. It does mean that I have to spell it all the time though because there are so many more common variations. I've never had it pronounced in 3 syllables, only it's correct pronunciation. I've met a few people with the same spelling but not very many. I sometimes get the nickname 'Kat' from it which I don't mind although I prefer 'Kathryn'." Sep. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name too! I hate being called the three-syllable "Kath-er-ine", I find I get "Kaitlin" a lot too which really bugs me. I like my English variation!" Jun. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate


  • "Yeah a lot of people spell my name Kathrerine, and it is Kathryn! i love it!!" Mar. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well, my name is Kathryn. And I am really proud of my name. When I was little I always wanted people to call me Kate, but now I prefer Kathryn. I think my name also reflects my personality. My mom always tells me my name has a strong sound. I am very hard headed. And I don't know any other people with the same spelling,so it is unique which also goes with my personality. I love my name." Feb. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really like my name, and the spelling, but I hate it when I spell my name to someone and they say "ooh, that's an unusual spelling" - it's about the 3rd most common spelling, out of about 24 of this name. One friend who has known me for 15 years said she'd never seen it spelt that way. She's a Star Trek fan - has she never noticed character name "Captain Kathryn Janeway" in the opening credits of Voyager??? My name is only ever shortened to "Kath", and then at personal choice of the person." Jan. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name. People often spell it wrong but they like it. I often get called kathy or katie, but i dont like it. I prefer Kathryn" Jan. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my daughter's name and I really love it and this particular spelling too. My daughter complains about & is called Katie instead. I tell her when she is older & needs a dignified name on a resume, she'll appreciate it then!" Jan. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kathryn spelled this way is like being left-handed (which I am). It's enough to set you apart from the crowd but when others have it you immediately share a bond! I love my name." Nov. 24, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "People often pronounce this spelling of Kathryn in the 3 syllable Ka-ther-ine. I am referred to as Kathy often. I like the spelling of my name. Others who have this speling or know someone else who does, often mention it making it a shared uniqueness. I enjoy that too." Jul. 8, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "i dont like my name. i dont even know what it means." Jan. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      13 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Katheryn which I always felt as a child was too big a name for me. I was nicknamed Kathy and my teachers called me Katheryn which was the name on my records. It took me to 3rd grade to ask my teacher to call me, Kathy. Over the years I let people call me derivatives of Katheryn and even Katheryn. I am named after 3 generations of Kathryn?s/Katheryn?s." Feb. 4, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name was Kathryn Therese it was unusual spelling when I was younger. I never really liked my name as it was common. I have changed it to Kate which I prefer" Nov. 5, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kathryn! I'm named after my aunt. I pronounce it with two syllables as well. My nicknames include Kat, Kathy (I hear it as a nickname, not the name), Kit Kat, Kitter Kat and KWhit. I am SO not a Katie. I enjoy being called Kathryn the most though. I hate seeing my name misspelled, but I understand of course. I love that it's the Irish spelling (my family is very Irish). xoxo, Kathryn" Oct. 1, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mane is Kathryn it is beautiful.most people mack fun af it .I THIN" Apr. 3, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "my 2 year old daughters name is myleigh kathryn and her first name fits her personality really well shes fun loud and hyper but i dont think she fits kathryn very well" Feb. 8, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Kathryn, after my great-grandmother. I've never gone by Kathy or Katie because I like Kathryn so much. People very often misspell my name, since there are so many other ways to spell it (Katherine, Catherine), but it doesn't bother me anymore. It's always a pleasant surprise when a stranger spells my name correctly without me telling them." Dec. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "MY MIDDLE NAME IS KATHRYN It is after my Aunt Kathryn [Katie for short] my first name is after my other two Aunts, Kari and Traci =D xx" Apr. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Although Kathryn isn't as pretty or feminine as Kathleen, this spelling is the best of the lot. Kathryn is an old-fashioned way of spelling the name, just as old as Katherine. In fact, Henry the Eighth's fifth wife spelled her name "Kathryn" Howard and she died in the 1500s! I think the spelling Kathryn is so much nicer than the three-syllable Katherine ... easier to write ... two less letters!" Feb. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kathryn. i think its an old ladies name. I am only 23 I should not have this name. But i would never want to offend my beautiful mother so i guess i will just put a smile on my face." Mar. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think that it's an okay name. It has its ups and downs. Personally I find that its just to straight a name. I am called Katie normally but I've had my fair share of having been called: Kate, Katers,and many others that embarresed me in public. So far I have met over 3 Kathryns...and over 4 Katies. :) :~)" Oct. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I often find that when I tell them my name is Kathryn, they want to spell it Katherine. The kind of annoys me." Dec. 8, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I spell my name and pronounce it with 2 syllables KATH-ryn I love my spelling, even though it is always spelt wrong." Nov. 18, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really like my name, and the spelling of it makes me feel a bit unique. However, no one ever spells it right, even when you spell it for them. For some reason, they always hear "K-a-t-h-e-r-i-n-e." I have even seen my name spelled "Catharin."" Nov. 14, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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