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Gender: F Meaning of Katharine: "pure" Origin of Katharine: Spelling variation of Katherine, Greek

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This is the spelling that old-time film star Katharine Hepburn used, and it's still favored by fans wanting to reference her classic strength and beauty. But in general, it's losing ground to Katherine and even Ms. Hepburn's own favorite short form, Kate.

Famous People Named Katharine

Katharine Houghton Hepburn, American actress
Katharine Meyer Graham, American owner of The Washington Post
Katharine Bouchage Weymouth, American publisher of The Washington Post
Katharine Hope McPhee, American singer and actress
Katharine Cornell, American actress and theater producer
Katharine Isabelle (born Katherine Isobel Murray), Canadian actress
Saint Katharine Marie Drexel, American philanthropist and nun
Katharine, Duchess of Kent (born Katharine Lucy Mary Worsley), wife of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
Katharine Juliet Ross, American actress
Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church
Katharine Burr Blodgett, American physicist and inventor
Jennifer Katharine Gates, daughter of Microsoft's Bill and Melinda Gates

Pop Culture References for the Name Katharine

Katharine, character in the children's book "Half-Magic"