Alternate spellings: Kathryn, Katie, Kate, Kathy, Kitty, Katy, Catherine
Katherine has Greek roots that mean “pure,” but nicknames Katie, Kitty, Kathy, and Kate all have American roots that just mean “fun.” And this name’s got a vanguard of spokespeople giving it an endless assortment of flavors: Katherine Heigl, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kate Austen from Lost, Kate Gosselin, and the list just goes on…pick your favorite and name your daughter after her! Katherine has been a top 100 in the U.S. almost every year since the list began in 1880.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008