Meaning: Its source is Aikaterine, a Greek name meaning "Pure."
Languages: This girl's name is used in English, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish.
Variant Forms: Kaitlin, Katherina, Kathern, Kathrein, Kathrene, Kathrin, Kathrina, Kathrine, Kathryn, Kathryna, Kathryne, Kathrynn, Kathrynne, Katiana, Katria, Katrice, Katrina, Katrine, Cathlyn and Katarine
Source Forms: Aikaterine
Popularity: The name Katherine ranked 37th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics, 61st in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census and 35th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1994 US Census.
This name is highly rated both on the 1990 U.S. Census list and in state data recording the most popular baby names.
Narrative: This meaning assumes the source name was derived from the Greek term katharos. However, it may have evolved from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of magic. Another possible source is katateinô, the Greek word for torture.
All three meanings might have been associated with St. Aikaterine (Katherine) of Alexandria, who was born a pagan but died as a Christian martyr.
Arts and Music
- Katherine Jackson
- Member of the Jackson Family (see list of Members of the Jackson Family)
- Katherine McCoy
- American graphic designer and educator (see list of Graphic Designers)
- Katherine Edgar Byron (born 1903, died 1976)
- Representative, D-Maryland (see list of Women in the House of Representatives)
- Katherine Langley (born 1888, died 1948)
- Representative, R-Kentucky, 1927-31 (see list of Women in the House of Representatives)
- Katherine Couric (born 1957)
American television newscaster.
- Former Girl Scout (see list of Former Girl Scouts)
- Katherine Potthast
- 1982 Rose Queen (see list of Tournament of Roses, Rose Bowl Queens)
- Katherine Siva Saubel (born 1920)
Native American ethnoanthropologist.
- Member of National Women''s Hall of Fame (see list of National Women's Hall of Fame Members)
- Katherine Shindle
An AIDS awareness educator
- Miss America 1998 Winner, representing the State of Illinois (see list of Miss America Winners)
- Katherine Filene Shouse
- 1977 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom (see list of Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners)
Science and Philosophy
- Katherine B. Blodgett
- 1951 winner of the American Chemical Society''s Garvan Medal (see list of Chemists)
- Katherine Esau
- 1989 National Medal of Science winner (see list of National Medal of Science Winners)
- Katherine Rawls
- 1937 Associated Press Athlete of the Year (see list of Associated Press Athletes of the Year)
- Katherine Switzer
- 1974 New York Marathon champion (see list of New York Marathon Winners)
Stage and Screen
- Katherine Bell
- Character on the soap opera ''''General Hospital'''' (see list of Characters on ''General Hospital'')
- Katherine Cannon (born 1953)
- Portrays Felice Martin (see list of Actors on ''Beverly Hills 90210'')
- Katherine Dunham (born 1912)
American dancer and choreographer. First American to organize a professional black dance troupe.
- 1983 Kennedy Center Honors recipient (see list of Kennedy Center Honors Recipients)
- Katherine Helmond (born 1934)
- Portrayed Jessica Tate (see list of Actors on ''Soap'')
- Katherine Kelly Lang
- Actress on soap opera ''''The Bold and the Beautiful'''' (see list of Performers on ''The Bold and The Beautiful'')
- Katherine MacDonald
- Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Picture (see list of Movie Personalities with Stars in the Hollywood Walk of Fame)
- Katherine MacGregor
- Portrayed Harriet Oleson (see list of Actors on ''Little House on the Prairie'')
- Katherine Pulaski
Fictional character. Substitute chief medical officer aboard the starship Enterprise.
- Portrayed by Diana Muldaur (see list of Characters on ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'')
- Katherine Chancellor Sterling
- Character on the soap opera ''''The Young and the Restless'''' (see list of Characters on ''The Young and the Restless'')
The Literary World
- Katherine Ellison
- 1986 Pulitzer Prize winner for International Reporting (see list of Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting)
- Lady attending the princess of France in Love''s Labor''s Lost (see list of Shakespearean Characters)
- Katherine Mansfield (born 1888, died 1923)
New Zealand short-story writer.
- Wrote The Garden Party and Other Stories (see list of Prose Writers of the 20th Century)
- Katherine Paterson
- Two-time Newbery Medal winner, in 1978 for Bridge to Terabithia and in 1981 for Jacob Have I Loved (see list of Newbery Medal Winners)
- Author of Bridge to Terabithia, and The Great Gilly Hopkins (see list of Authors of some of the most frequently banned books between 1990-99, in the United States)
- Katherine Philips (born 1631, died 1664)
- Wrote Letters of Orinda to Poliarchus (see list of Writers of the 17th Century)
- Katherine Anne Porter (born 1890, died 1980)
American novelist and short-story writer.
- 1966 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction, for Collected Stories (see list of Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
- 1966 National Book Award winner for Fiction, for The Collected Stories (see list of Winners of the National Book Award for Fiction)
- Author of the 1962 best-selling novel Ship of Fools (see list of Bestselling Fiction Authors in the U.S.)
- Kit Kat
- Katie Overweighty
- Fat Kat
- Cat Poo