[ 3 syll. cai-tlin, ca-itl-in ] The baby girl name Caitlin is pronounced as Key-THLIYIYN or KEYT-LihN †. Caitlin is used chiefly in the English and Irish languages. Its origin is Old Greek. The name is Anglicized from Caitlín, which is itself from Cateline (Old French), an old form of Katherine.
Caitlin is a variant spelling of the name Kaitlin (English) in the English and Irish languages.
Caitlin is also a variant of the name Katherine (English) in the Irish language.
The name Caitlin is used to a great extent; it has 50 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants of Caitlin used in English include Caelin, Caelyn, Caetlin, Cailen, Cailene, Cailin, Cailyn, Cailynn, Caitland, Caitlandt, Caitleen, Caitline, Caitlon, Calen, Calin, Calyn, Calynn, Catelin, Cathleen (used in Irish too), Catlain, Catlin, Catlyn, Catlynn, Caylen, Caylin, Caylyn, Kaitland, Kaitlyn, Katalina, and Kateland. Other English forms include the familiar forms Caiti, Caitie, and Caity, and the variant spellings Caitlan, Caitlen, Caitlinn, Caitlyn, Caitlyne, Caitlynn, Catelyn, Kaitlin, and Kaitlynn. Caitlín (Irish) and Katleen (Dutch) are foreign variants of the name.
Variant forms share the origin and thus the meaning of Caitlin.
Caitlin is rare as a baby girl name. At the modest peak of its usage in 1988, 0.377% of baby girls were given the name Caitlin. It was #44 in rank then. The baby name has suffered a substantial fall in popularity since then, and is today of infrequent use. In 2018, out of the family of girl names directly linked to Caitlin, Katherine was the most popular.
Baby names that sound like Caitlin include Cathleen, Kathleen, Caitlinn, Caitlyn, Caitlyne, Caitlynn, Kaitlin, Kaitlinn, Kaitlinne, Kaitlyn, Kaitlyne, Kaitlynn, Kaitlynne, Kate Lynn, Kate-Lynn, Katelin, Katelinn, Katelyn, Katelyne, and Katelynn.
† Pronunciation for Caitlin: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; TH as in "theme (TH.IY.M)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"