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Gender: F Pronunciation: KAT-leen in Irish Meaning of Caitlin: "pure" Origin of Caitlin: Irish variation of Catherine Caitlin's Popularity in 2012: #422

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An Irish and Welsh form of Catherine, Caitlin was a boom name of the eighties, rocketing from obscurity (Americans first heard it via the wife of doomed poet Dylan Thomas) to the height of popularity in the space of a decade. The original name was gradually eclipsed by its myriad spelling variations--Katelyn and Kaitlyn both soon topping it on the popularity lists.

Now, most forms of Caitlin, including this most-authentic one, have started to dip, though there have been thousands of girls named Caitlin -- and Katelyn and Kaitlyn ad infinitum -- every year for the past three decades. So, while Caitlin is certainly one of the loveliest variations of Catherine, it's been overused to the point of semi-retirement, at least in the U.S. Cait might be a short form.

Actor Breckin Meyer named his daughter Caitlin in 2003.

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Famous People Named Caitlin

Cait Brennan, American screenwriter and performer
Caitlin Davies, English writer
Caitlin Flanagan, American writer
Caitlin R. Kiernan, American author
Catherine "Caitlin" Moran, English journalist
Caitlin Thomas, wife of poet Dylan Thomas
Caitlin Bassett, Australian netball player
Caitlin Campbell, New Zealand footballer
Caitlin Cahow, American ice hockey player
Caitlin "Kitty" Carruthers, American figure skater
Caitlin Cunningham, Australian basketball player
Caitlin Lever, Canadian softball player
Caitlin Leverenz, American swimmer
Caitlin Lowe, Americal softball player and Olympian
Caitlin Mallory, American ice dancer
Caitlin Upton, American beauty pageant competitor - better known as "Miss South Carolina"
Caitlin McClatchey, Scottish swimmer
Caitlin Willow Meyer, Daughter of Actor Breckin Meyer
Caitlin Cassidy, daughter of American actor/producer Shaun Cassidy
Caitlin Ashley Fein, American actress; twin sister Amanda Fein
Caitlin Jean Stasey, Australian actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Caitlin

Caitlin is the name of the protagonist in the novel "Mockingbird"
Caitlin "Kate" Todd, character in NCIS
Caitlin Caine, from the movie "The Long Kiss Goodnight"
Caitlin Atwater, from the movie "The Staircase Murders"
Caitlin O'Shea, from the movie "Falling Up"

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