Catherine - Meaning of Catherine
[ 3 syll. cat-he-ri-ne, ca-ther-ine ] The baby girl name Catherine is pronounced in English as KAE-TH-ah-RihN or KAE-TH-RihN or in French as Kae-Tah-RIYN or Kae-TRIYN †. Catherine's language of origin is Old Greek. It is predominantly used in English and French. Catherine is a spelling variant of Katherine (English).
The contracted forms Cat (English) and Cath (English), the diminutives Cate (English), Catey (English), Cathie (English), Cathy (English), Catie (English), Caty (English), Karen (Dutch, English, German, and Scandinavian), and Katie (English), and the spelling variants Catharin (English), Catharine (English), Catheren (English), Catherin (English), Catheryn (English), and Katherine (English) are forms of the name.
See also the related form, Ann Catherine.
Catherine is an all-time favorite. Currently it is still a popular baby girl name, but not to the degree it was in the past. Its usage peaked in 1914 with 0.831% of baby girls being named Catherine. It had a ranking of #18 then. The baby name has experienced a steep drop in popularity since then, and is of only modest use now. In 2018, it ranked at #204 with a usage of 0.081%, but it was nevertheless the 2nd most popular after Katherine, among all girl names in its family. It was more frequently used than Catherine by 78% in 2018. The name Catherine has been mainly given to baby girls, although it has also been used as a boy name in the last century. There were 129 times as many baby girls than boys who were named Catherine in 1908.
Baby names that sound like Catherine include Katharine, Cathérine, Catrine, Kathrynn, Kathrynne, Caitrin, Caterin, Catheryn, Catreena, Catrina, Catríona, Cotrinah, Cotrynah, Katarin, Katarine, Katerina, Kateryna, Katherin, Katheryn, and Katheryne.
† Pronunciation for Catherine: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; TH as in "theme (TH.IY.M)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Catherine:
Actress Catherine Bach, born Catherine Bachman 1 March 1954, Warren, Ohio.
Actress Catherine Deneuve, born Catherine Dorléac 22 October 1943, Paris, France.
Actress Catherine Keener, born 26 March 1960, Miami, Florida.
Actress Catherine O'Hara, born 4 March 1954, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, born 25 September 1969.
Royalty Catherine of Aragon, born 16 December 1485 - 7 January 1536, Alcala de Henares, Spain.