Variations of Katherine

Katherine is one of the most classic names in Western culture. Its variations and nicknames are legion. Here is a collection of choices.
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  • Cait

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    Cait, pronounced like more popular sister Kate, is the form used when shortening Caitlin or any of the other Irish and Gaelic Cait-starting variations of Catherine. Read More 

  • Caitlin

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    An Irish and Welsh form of Catherine, Caitlin was a boom name of the eighties, rocketing from obscurity (Americans first heard it via the wife of doomed poet Dylan Thomas) to the height of populari... Read More 

  • Caitriona

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    Both Caitriona and Catriona are commonly heard in Scotland and Ireland. It was brought to Ireland by the Anglo-Normans, and is the source of nicknames Cait, Caitin, Caitlin and Triona. Read More 

  • Cat

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    May be the most modern, stylish Catherine nickname: more unusual than Kate or Cate, with an animal and word name edge. Cat Power is a trendy folksinger. Read More 

  • Cate

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    Time was, even C-starting Catherines who called themselves Kate spelled it with a K, but Cate Blanchett changed all. Cate is now as acceptable as (but not as well used as) Kate. Cait might be shor... Read More 

  • Catherine

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    Catherine is one of the oldest and most consistently well-used female names, with endless variations and nicknames. The Catherine form feels more gently old-fashioned and feminine than the more pop... Read More 

  • Cathleen

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    Way more unusual, and distinctive, than the now-cliched K version.  Read More 

  • Cathy

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    One of the most popular nicknames of the fifties and sixties -- and who could forget the romantic heroine of "Wuthering Heights"? -- now largely ignored in favor of Cate or Kate. Read More 

  • Kat

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    We're hearing Kat more and more being used by Katherines who are tired of Kathy, Kate and Katie. Katti or Kattie is another possibility. Read More 

  • Kate

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    Kate, in the headlines via Catherine Middleton, has been as pervasive as Kathy was in the 1950s and 1960s, both as a nickname for Katherine and Kaitlyn and as a strong, classic stand-alone name. K... Read More 

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