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Kathleen Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Kathleen is of Irish and English origin.

The meaning of Kathleen is "pure, chaste".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 674  in baby name popularity for girls with 418 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

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


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Related Names

Variants of the name Kathleen include Cathleen, Kathleena, Kathlene.

The names Kathlyn, Kathlynn are all forms of Kathleen.

Kathleen has the diminutive (nickname) Kathy.

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Name Fun

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

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Kathleen.

Just for fun, see the name Kathleen 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 Kathleen in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

Irish names usually contain a given, middle and family name.

Given names frequently have their source in the Roman Catholic faith, or are derived from the traditional Gaelic.

Some Gaelic or old Irish names date back to the Celtic origins of Gaelach (Ireland). These names find their basis in ancient pagan religions, myths, legends, and superstitions held by the Gaels.