The name Kathleen ranked 247th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 36th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name first made its appearance on state popularity lists before 1993, but is becoming less commonly used. In some cases, it has fallen off the lists altogether.
This English variation on the Irish name Caitlin has been popular in both America and the British Isles since the 1920s.
It rose to prominence with an entire group of Irish-sounding names that share the ''-een'' suffix, including Maureen, Colleen, Eileen and Irene.