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Katherine Name Popularity

How popular is the name Katherine? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 57 1,741 0.4945%
1911 54 1,849 0.4965%
1912 53 2,537 0.5031%
1913 54 2,783 0.4909%
1914 48 3,646 0.5232%
1915 49 4,488 0.494%
1916 52 4,797 0.4966%
1917 49 4,949 0.4947%
1918 50 5,185 0.4831%
1919 51 4,838 0.462%
1920 45 5,276 0.4745%
1921 49 5,152 0.4499%
1922 54 4,826 0.4332%
1923 60 4,575 0.4085%
1924 59 4,691 0.404%
1925 61 4,239 0.375%
1926 72 3,830 0.3482%
1927 73 3,721 0.3362%
1928 75 3,391 0.3169%
1929 84 3,011 0.2907%
1930 85 3,032 0.2903%
1931 91 2,615 0.2649%
1932 95 2,584 0.2615%
1933 100 2,321 0.2491%
1934 100 2,380 0.2462%
1935 103 2,331 0.2399%
1936 100 2,351 0.2441%
1937 103 2,477 0.2514%
1938 105 2,566 0.2507%
1939 102 2,468 0.2426%
1940 91 2,700 0.254%
1941 85 3,002 0.2667%
1942 81 3,374 0.2672%
1943 77 3,614 0.2768%
1944 77 3,520 0.284%
1945 82 3,388 0.2778%
1946 78 4,193 0.2842%
1947 76 4,886 0.2927%
1948 68 5,170 0.3239%
1949 58 6,040 0.3755%
1950 58 6,204 0.3853%
1951 55 6,927 0.4086%
1952 59 6,891 0.3948%
1953 63 6,559 0.3706%
1954 64 6,737 0.3685%
1955 64 7,241 0.3937%
1956 67 7,080 0.3749%
1957 72 6,635 0.3448%
1958 74 6,435 0.3405%
1959 79 6,138 0.3231%
1960 80 5,877 0.3102%
1961 85 5,631 0.2983%
1962 83 5,272 0.2872%
1963 86 5,126 0.2856%
1964 82 5,073 0.2882%
1965 79 4,710 0.288%
1966 78 4,494 0.2878%
1967 76 4,558 0.3004%
1968 75 4,720 0.3143%
1969 70 5,168 0.3355%
1970 67 5,443 0.342%
1971 67 5,123 0.3409%
1972 69 4,513 0.3313%
1973 64 4,419 0.3409%
1974 62 4,529 0.3485%
1975 58 4,854 0.3777%
1976 57 5,056 0.3923%
1977 44 6,032 0.4475%
1978 38 6,622 0.4925%
1979 36 7,468 0.5296%
1980 35 8,019 0.5484%
1981 39 8,434 0.5738%
1982 36 9,181 0.6144%
1983 34 9,682 0.6561%
1984 30 10,157 0.6828%
1985 32 10,127 0.6672%
1986 28 10,571 0.7003%
1987 28 10,433 0.6837%
1988 27 11,149 0.7154%
1989 26 11,415 0.7074%
1990 26 11,624 0.7013%
1991 25 11,489 0.7049%
1992 27 11,148 0.6984%
1993 29 10,506 0.6739%
1994 30 9,585 0.6246%
1995 30 8,985 0.5962%
1996 31 8,875 0.5927%
1997 32 8,516 0.5758%
1998 33 8,204 0.5481%
1999 36 7,933 0.5297%
2000 33 8,107 0.5307%
2001 35 7,879 0.5229%
2002 36 7,208 0.481%
2003 35 7,125 0.4683%
2004 35 6,738 0.4421%
2005 36 6,390 0.4179%
2006 37 6,293 0.4019%
2007 39 5,816 0.3686%
2008 45 5,342 0.3456%
2009 60 4,422 0.2959%
2010 69 3,858 0.2677%
2011 61 4,182 0.2935%
2012 64 3,935 0.2761%
2013 77 3,704 0.2602%
2014 83 3,666 0.2516%
2015 84 3,435 0.2361%
2016 91 3,261 0.2262%
2017 105 2,826 0.2025%
2018 110 2,659 0.1935%
2019 119 2,414 0.1783%

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Names Like Katherine

If you like Katherine, you’ll love these other names like Katherine.


What names are variants of Katherine?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Katherine.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Cait

Pure

Greek

Caitlin

Pure

Greek

Caitlinn

Pure

Greek

Caitrin

Pure

Greek

Caitrine

Pure

Greek

Caitriona

Pure

Greek

Caitrionagh

Pure

Greek

Caity

Pure

Greek

Caren

Beloved; pure

Latin

Cari

Love

Gaelic

Carin

Beloved; pure

Latin

Caron

Pure

Greek

Caronne

Pure

Greek

Carren

Pure

Greek

Carri

Free man; pure

Greek

Carrin

Pure

Greek

Carron

Pure

Greek

Caryn

Pure

Greek

Carynn

Pure

Greek

Cass

Man's defender

Greek

Cassey

Alert, watchful; pure

Irish

Cassi

Man's defender, warrior; pure

Greek

Cassie

“The purified one,” in allusion to the plant cassia whose medicinal properties are laxative, but ultimately from the Greek kathairein, to cleanse.

English

Cat

Pure

Greek

Cataleen

Pure

Greek

Cataleena

Pure

Greek

Catalin

Pure

Greek

Catalina

Pure

Spanish

Cataline

Pure

Greek

Catarina

Pure

Greek

Catarine

Pure

Greek

Cate

Pure

Greek

Cateline

Pure

Greek

Caterina

Pure

Greek

Cathaleen

Pure

Irish

Cathaline

Pure

Irish

Catharin

Pure

Greek

Catharina

Pure

Greek

Catharine

Pure

Greek

Catharyna

Pure

Greek

Catharyne

Pure

Greek

Cathee

Pure

Greek

Cathelina

Pure

Greek

Catherina

Pure

Greek

Catherine

Pure

Greek

Catheryn

Pure

Greek

Cathie

Pure

Greek

Cathirin

Pure

Greek

Cathiryn

Pure

Greek

Cathleen

Pure

Greek

Cathline

Pure

Greek

Cathlyne

Pure

Greek

Cathrine

Pure

Greek

Cathrinn

Pure

Greek

Cathryn

Pure

Greek

Cathrynn

Pure

Greek

Cathy

Pure

Greek

Cathye

Pure

Greek

Cati

Pure

Greek

Catie

Pure

Greek

Catina

Pure

Latin

Catlaina

Pure

Greek

Catreen

Pure

Greek

Catreina

Pure

Greek

Catrin

Pure

Greek

Catrina

Pure

Greek

Catrine

Pure

Greek

Catriona

Greek

Catrionagh

Pure

Greek

Catryna

Pure

Greek

Caty

Pure

Greek

Cay

Pure

Greek

Caye

Pure

Greek

Ekaterina

Pure

Greek

Kaatje

Pure

Greek

Kait

Pure

Greek

Kaitee

Pure

Greek

Kaitie

Pure

Greek

Kaitlin

Irish

Kaitlinn

Pure

Irish

Kaitlyn

Pure

Irish

Kaitrin

Pure

Greek

Kaitrine

Pure

Greek

Kaitrinn

Pure

Greek

Kaitrinna

Pure

Greek

Kaitriona

Pure

Greek

Kaity

Pure

Greek

Karen

A Scandinavian form of Catherine.

Danish

Karena

Beloved; pure

Scandinavian

Kari

Free man; pure

Greek

Karin

A variant form of Karen.

Scandinavian

Karon

Pure

Greek

Karri

Pure

Greek

Karrin

Pure

Greek

Karyn

Pure

Greek

Karynn

Pure

Greek

Kas

Pure

Greek

Kasia

Pure

Greek

Kasienka

Pure

Greek

Kasja

Pure

Greek

Kaska

Pure

Greek

Kass

Pure

Greek

Kassi

Man's defender, warrior; pure

Greek

Kassia

Polish

Kassie

American

Kasya

Pure

Greek

Kat

Pure

Greek

Kata

Pure

Greek

Kataleen

Pure

Greek

Katalin

Pure

Greek

Katalina

Pure

Greek

Katarina

Pure

Greek

Katchen

Pure

Greek

Kate

Pure

English

Katee

Pure

Greek

Katell

Pure

Greek

Katelle

Pure

Greek

Katena

Pure

Greek

Katenka

Pure

Greek

Katerina

Pure

Greek

Katey

Pure

Greek

Katha

Pure

Irish

Katharine

Pure

Greek

Katharyn

Pure

Greek

Kathee

Pure

Greek

Kathelina

Pure

Irish

Katheline

Pure

Irish

Katherin

Pure

Greek

Katherina

Pure

Greek

Katheryn

Pure

Greek

Katheryne

Pure

Greek

Kathi

Pure

Greek

Kathie

Pure

Greek

Kathileen

Pure

Greek

Kathirin

Pure

Greek

Kathiryn

Pure

Greek

Kathirynn

Pure

Greek

Kathleen

An Irish equivalent of Catherine.

Irish

Kathlene

Pure

Irish

Kathleyn

Pure

Irish

Kathline

Pure

Irish

Kathlyne

Pure

Greek

Kathrene

Pure

Greek

Kathrina

Pure

Greek

Kathrine

Pure

Greek

Kathrinna

Pure

Greek

Kathryn

Pure

Greek

Kathryne

Pure

Greek

Kathrynn

Pure

Greek

Kathy
Kathyrine

Pure

Greek

Kati

Pure

Greek

Katica

Pure

Greek

Katie

Pure

English

Katina

Pure

Latin

Katinka

Pure

Greek

Katka

Pure

Greek

Katla

Pure

Greek

Katlaina

Pure

Greek

Katleen

Pure

Irish

Katline

Pure

Irish

Katoushka

Pure

Greek

Katouska

Pure

Greek

Katrena

Pure

Greek

Katria

Pure

Greek

Katriana

Pure

Greek

Katriane

Pure

Greek

Katrien

Pure

Greek

Katrina

A German form of Catherine.

Greek

Katrine

Pure

Greek

Katriona

Pure

Greek

Katrionagh

Pure

Greek

Katrya

Pure

Greek

Katryna

Pure

Greek

Katushka

Pure

Greek

Katy

Pure

Greek

Katya

Pure

Greek

Kay

A short form of Kate or Catherine.

Kaye

Pure

Greek

Kaylin

American

Kit

Pure; follower of Christ

Latin

Kittey

Pure

Greek

Kitti

Pure

Greek

Kittie

Pure

Greek

Kitty

A playful form of Catherine.

Greek

Rina

Beloved; peace; pure; queen; melody; joyful

Latin

Trina

Triple

Scandinavian

Trinchen

Pure

Greek

Trine

Pure

Scandinavian

Trinette

Pure

Scandinavian

Yekaterin

Pure

Greek

Yekaterina

Russian


What names sound like Katherine?

If you like how Katherine sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Katherine.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Caterine

Pure

Greek

Catherin

Pure

Greek

Catherinn

Pure

Greek

Katharyne

Pure

Greek

Katherynn

Pure

Greek


What names are similar to Katherine?

Find a name that’s like Katherine, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Kasha
Katelyn

Pure

Irish

Kayla

Pure

English


Lists With Katherine

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Katherine.


Siblings of Katherine

Mamas with kids named Katherine also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Michael

Who is Like God?

Hebrew

Megan

Pearl

Welsh

Rebecca

To join

Hebrew

Samuel

Name of God

Hebrew

Audrey

Noble strength

English

Lily

Lily flower

English

Linnea

Lime or linden tree

Scandinavian

Christopher

Bearing Christ

English

Karis

Grace

Greek

John

God is gracious

Hebrew

Lane

Pathway

English

Kinleigh

Kings meadow.

English

Karleigh

Free man

Latin

Kennedy

Helmeted head

Irish

Autumn

Season of harvest

English

Addi

Noble; noble kind

German

6 Comments

  1. The name Katherine means pure,and I really love my name

  2. I love that Katherine is a very sophisticated and feminine name. I also like that there are plenty of nicknames that she can choose from if she wants, but we will probably just call her Katherine.

    I don’t like that there are so many spellings of the name, and it has so many letters. She will have to spell out her first and last name for most of her life.

    During most of my pregnancy, I imagined her with dark hair, even though I felt like it was unlikely because my husband has light hair, and mine was light when I was little. I picture Katherine to be a name for someone with dark hair, and thought that I would probably change it if she was born with light hair. But she looks a lot like I envisioned (just more beautiful), and Katherine stuck.

  3. We love old names and this one is a classic

  4. I have always loved the name Katherine. I love it’s meaning (it means “pure”, and the nickname “Kate” has always sounded strong and feminine to me. Our sweet girl’s middle name is Faith because it’s my prayer that my daughter will have a pure faith in the Lord all her life.

  5. Our Katherine Gianna is named after two strong women who are Roman Catholic Saints. Katharine Drexel was a pioneer in providing quality education to minorities and Gianna Beretta Molla was a pediatrician and home birth attendant who was also a dedicated wife and mother of four. She took a risk to save the life of her fourth child and ultimately lost her life to an infection from the surgery that saved her unborn/newborn daughter’s life. Super role models. I prefer the French spelling of Katherine to Katharine.

  6. Katherine Elizabeth because I loved that she had so many cute nicknames she could pick from these two names.


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