Origin:Greek
Popularity:339
Meaning:pure
Katherine draws its power from a saint martyred in Alexandria known in Greek as Aikaterine; the Greek word "katharos" means “pure." This regal name has been in use since the third century and has evolved into many forms in different countries, from Katarina to Kathleen and Kaitlin. The name Katherine is well represented in literature and history, from Kate in Shakespeare’s "Taming of the Shrew" to Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

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Source: Social Security Administration

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