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Gender: F Meaning of Kathryn: "pure" Origin of Kathryn: Variation of Katherine and Catherine Kathryn's Popularity in 2014: #293

Although the Kathryn spelling feels like a modern streamlining of this ancient royal and saints' name, it is in fact found back through history. At least one of Henry the Eighth's unfortunately wives sometimes spelled her name as Kathryn.

While Katherine is the number one spelling of the name these days and Catherine number 2, the Kathryn form is well-used if not exactly modern-feeling. Two recent Kathryns of note: Academy Award-winning film director Kathryn Bigelow and bestselling novelist Kathryn Stockett.

Famous People Named Kathryn

Kathryn Ann Bigelow, American director
Kathryn Stockett, American novelist
Kathryn Beaumont, English actress and singer
Kathryn Joosten, American actress
Kathryn Grayson (born Zelma Kathryn Elisabeth Hedrick), American actress and singer
Kathryn Leigh Scott, American actress
Kathryn "Kat" Cressida, American actress
Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan, American geologist and astronaut
Kathryn Lasky, American writer
Kathryn "Kat" Prescott, English actress
Kathryn Chandria Manuel Bernardo, Filipino actress
Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe, American actress
Kathryn Hahn, American actress
Kathryn Morris, American actress
Kathryn Tickell, English musician
Kathryn Fiore, American actress
Kathryn Williams, English singer-songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Kathryn

Captain Kathryn Janeway, character on TV's "Star Trek: Voyager"
Kathryn Kennish, character on TV's "Switched at Birth"
Kathryn Merteuil, character in movie "Cruel Intentions"