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Gender: F Pronunciation: cat-ah-lee-ah Origin of Cataleya: Flower name Cataleya's Popularity in 2013: #446

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Cataleya is the name of a genus of orchids that gained visibility as a baby name after it was used for the character played by Zoe Saldana in Colombiana. Part Caitlin, part Aaliyah, and part Leah, Cataleya is a trendy choice that just might transcend its momentary popularity.

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Cataleya, Zoe Saldana's character in Columbiana
A tropical American orchid (genus Cattleya) with purple, pink or white flowers that is a popular greenhouse plant. It was named after the British botanical patron William Cattley, 1788-1835 (whose surname comes from a place-name meaning "glade frequented by cats" in Old English)