Other Origin(s):British, Greek
Cathleen is a feminine name of Irish and English origin, meaning "pure." It is a variation of the Irish name, Caitlín, which is derived from Cateline, or the Greek name, Catherine. The name Catherine has links to the Ancient Greek Goddess, Hekátē, who is associated with the moon, magic, light, and witchcraft. In the early 1900s, Cathleen, or its alternative spelling Kathleen, was among Ireland's top 10 most popular feminine names. In Old Irish folklore, Kathleen Ni Houlihan is a mythical symbol of Irish nationalism who was thought to help young Irish men fight for freedom from colonial rule. The name Cathleen may keep baby close to their roots and inspire them to stand up for what they believe in.
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