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June 24th, 2012 05:33 PM #6
Those are all fully accepted spellings of the name. I had ancestors named Katharine and Catharine. If I had had several daughters, I would have used it as a middle name and would have chosen the spelling CATHERINE, which I slightly prefer. However, for someone who wants to use it as a first name with the nn Kate, I can see one of the K spellings as a better option. I would use the e (rather than a) in the middle only because I think it would result in fewer misspellings.Mother of three teenagers: (1) Daniel Glen, (2) Timothy Austin, and (3) Rebecca Jane. All middle names honor family, with Jane used three generations in a row. (A second girl would have been Susanna Eve).
June 24th, 2012 06:34 PM #8
I like it spelled Catherine because I think it looks elegant, refined, and maybe even a little bit medieval. I do prefer nn Kate though I think it's fine even if Catherine proper is spelled with a C rather than a K (Princess Kate, anyone?). Actress Cate Blanchett manages to pull off the nn with a C (though admittedly maybe only because she's Cate Blanchett).
Catherine would be a certain front-runner for a future daughter if we did not already have a son named Caspian (too matchy for my taste).
Mama to C, Z, E, P, D, & G
June 24th, 2012 06:48 PM #10Senior Member
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My name is Catherine and before I started learning about names, that was the only one I preferred because it seemed the most classic. However, depending on where you originate from, the "original" or "classic" spelling could be any number of spellings, including Katherine and Katharine (which I believe is the original Greek spelling). The only spellings I don't like are those with "ryn" at the end because they seem like youneek versions (albeit created long ago) of the classic originals, although I admit maybe there is a culture that spells it that way that I am not aware of.
I have also known Catherines who went by Cate (which I always wished I could pull off), Cait, and Catie.
June 24th, 2012 08:33 PM #12
my fav spelling is Kathryn ((:First year Uni student; Speech and Language Pathology
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June 24th, 2012 09:14 PM #14Senior Member
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