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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 Graham, owner of The Washington Post
Katharine McPhee, American singer and actress
Katharine Isabelle, actress
St. Katharine Drexel, American Catholic saint
Katharine Burr Blodgett, American physicist and inventor
Jennifer Katharine Gates, daughter of Microsoft's Bill and Melinda Gates