The name Kathy ranked 722nd in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 71st in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name makes a strong showing in state popularity data of the 1960s, but makes few (if any) appearances on lists compiled after that period.
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
Kathy Dawn ''k.d.'' Lang (born 1961)
Canadian singer. One of the first prominent entertainers to ''come out'' as a lesbian.