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Katharine

From the Shakespearean play Love’s Labour’s Lost

Origin

  • Greek: Pure, innocent; Katherine is a traditional name for women. It has variations in many languages and has been used since the third century A.D. Early Latin forms Katerina and Caterina evolved into Katharine, Katherine, Catharine and Catherine. Katherine is also a royal name: in England, it was borne by the formidable and popular Katherine of Aragon (1485–1536), first wife of Henry VIII, as well as by the wives of Henry V and Charles II.

Nicknames

Kay, Kathy, Karah, Kaira, Katie, Kate, Kat

Syllables

3

International Variations

Kay, Kathy, Karah, Kaira, Katie, Kate, Kat

Themes

Shakespearean

Alternate Spellings

Kathryn, Kathrine, Karalie, Karalee

Famous Namesakes

Actress Katharine Hepburn, Actress Katharine Ross

Celebrity Babies

Daughter of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger

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