US Popularity:2052
Born from the Greek-inspired Catherine, Kathleen is a distinctly Irish feminine variation that retains its meaning as "pure." As the anglicized form of the Gaelic Caitlín, Kathleen interweaves seamlessly with the legendary Countess Cathleen—bolstering its associations with honor and idealism. Created by William Butler Yeats, the beautiful countess famously sells her soul to the devil to feed her tenants during the Great Famine. So selfless was the act that God redeemed her soul upon her death and ascended her to heaven. Closer again is the mythical figure of Kathleen Ni Houlihan, who personified Ireland and its struggle for independence—her appearance serving as a rallying cry.

Kathleen Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Kathleen is currently #1089 on The Bump
Girl:Kathleen is currently #491 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Kathleen is currently #2052 in U.S. births
Girl:Kathleen is currently #789 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2022
- 209
from 2021
In comparison to the previous year's data
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