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Gender: F Meaning of Katherine: "pure" Origin of Katherine: Greek Katherine's Popularity in 2013: #77

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Katherine is one of the oldest, most diverse, and all-around best names: it's powerful, feminine, royal, saintly, classic, popular, and adaptable. Katherine also has a profusion of spellings, short forms, and admirable namesakes. The Katherine spelling has been the preferred one in recent years, though Catherine (now associated with the Duchess of Cambridge) has a gentle vintage appeal, while the Katharine spelling relates to actress Kate Hepburn. Sleeker, more modern-feeling Kathryn has in fact been used for centuries and is still popular if not exactly stylish, and the Irish have favored Kathleen.

Katherine has been used for countless literary figures over the centuries, from the spirited heroine of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew to the bff in Fifty Shades of Grey to current characters on Castle and The Vampire Diaries.

Martin Short and Tim Allen have daughters named Katherine.

A profusion of nicknames includes Kate, Katie, Kathy, Kath, Kat, Kitty, Kay and Kick. Among international variations are Catriona, Catarina and Katrina. Two literary namesakes are Katherine Anne Porter and Katherine Mansfield.

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Famous People Named Katherine

Katherine Evelyn Anita "Katie" Cassidy, American actress
Katherine "Katie" Couric, American newscaster
Katherine Heigl, American actress
Katherine Jenkins, Welsh singer
Katherine Moennig, American actress
Katherine Porter, American writer and journalist
Katherine Blevins, television personality
Katherine Webb, American model
Katherine "Kate" Upton, American model
Katherine, her royal highness, Duchess of Kent.
Katherine Ryan, Canadian comedienne based in the UK
Katherine Frances "Katy" Brand, English actress
Katherine Schwarzenegger, daughter of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger
Katherine Jane Parkinson, English actress
Katherine Anne Porter, writer

Pop Culture References for the Name Katherine

Katherine "Kitty" Freemont, character in Exodus by Leon Uris
Katerina Petrova also known as "Katherine Pierce", character on the television series 'The Vampire Diaries'
Katherine Solomon, character in 'The Lost Symbol' by Dan Brown
Katherine "Kitty" Forman, character on That 70's show
Katherine Mayfair, character on television show 'Desperate Housewives'
Katherine "Kitty" Pryde, an X Men of Marvel Comics
Kitty Bennet- the second youngest of the five the Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice
Katherine "Kat" Hillard, second Pink Power Ranger from "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers", " Power Rangers Zeo" and "Power Rangers Turbo".
Katherine "Kate" Beckett, character on television show 'Castle'
Katherine Glendenning, a character from the British TV series 'The Paradise'
Katherine, character from the book "Forever..."
Katherine "Kate" Kavanagh, minor character in '50 Shades of Grey' book trilogy
Katherine, daughter in Shakespeare's history play Henry V
Katherine "Kate", spirited heroine in Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew
Katherine 'Kate' Austen from the popular TV show LOST
An Abundance of Katherines, a novel by John Green
Katherine "Kay" Corleone, character from "The Godfather"
Katherine "Kate" from 'Mortal Engines' by Philip Reeve (2001)

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