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Catherine Meaning


What does Catherine mean?

The name Catherine is of Greek, English and French origin.

The meaning of Catherine is "pure, chaste".

Catherine is generally used as a girl's name.

It consists of 9 letters and 3 syllables and is pronounced Ca-the-rine.

The Given Name Catherine

Catherine is a form of Katherine. See Katherine for further details.

Catherine is good for parents who want a name that is classic and elegant.

An auspicious name, it is one that will be admired.

Solidly popular, this one is a keeper.

Catherine falls into the classic name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Catherine Bach, Catherine Bell, and Catherine Bennet.

Catherine Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 204 in baby name popularity for girls with 1,498 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 198 in baby name popularity for girls with 1,577 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.

View the Catherine Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Catherine has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Catherine to other names.

Catherine Related Names

Catherine is a form of Katherine.

Variants of the name Catherine include Cathryn.

Catherine has the diminutive (nickname) Cathy.

Famous Catherines

  • Catherine Bach ~ Actress
  • Catherine Bell ~ Actress
  • Catherine Bennet ~ Pride and Prejudice character
  • Catherine de Saint Augustin ~ Saint
  • Catherine Deneuve ~ Actress
  • Catherine Earnshaw ~ Wuthering Heights character
  • Catherine Hicks ~ Actress
  • Catherine Jarrige ~ Saint
  • Catherine Keener ~ Actress
  • Catherine Laboure ~ Saint
  • Catherine Morland ~ Northanger Abbey character
  • Catherine of Alexandria ~ Saint
  • Catherine Soiron ~ Saint
  • Catherine Zeta Jones ~ Actress

Catherine Numerology

What will your new littleCatherine be like?

It may all be in the numbers.

The numbers that make up your child's name.

Numerology may give you some insight.

Children named Catherine are often bold and brisk but most of all they are read more >>

Catherine Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Catherine in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Catherine.

Just for fun, see the name Catherine in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Catherine in Nautical Flags page.