Variation of Katherine and Catherine, Greek

Kathryn Origin and Meaning

The name Kathryn is a girl's name meaning "pure".

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.

# 681 in the US

Kathryn Rank in US Top 1000

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Kathryn Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Kathryn Popularity

Famous People Named Kathryn

  • Kathryn HahnAmerican actress
  • Kathryn Ann BigelowAmerican film director
  • Kathryn StockettAmerican novelist
  • Kathryn BeaumontEnglish actress and singer
  • Kathryn JoostenAmerican actress
  • Kathryn Grayson (born Zelma Kathryn Elisabeth Hedrick)American actress and singer
  • Kathryn McCormickAmerican dancer on TV's So You Think You Can Dance
  • Kathryn "Kathie" Lee (Epstein) GiffordAmerican TV personality
  • Kathryn Leigh ScottAmerican actress
  • Kathryn "Kat" CressidaAmerican actress
  • Kathryn Dwyer SullivanAmerican geologist and astronaut
  • Kathryn NewtonAmerican actress
  • Kathryn LaskyAmerican novelist
  • Kathryn "Kat" PrescottEnglish actress
  • Kathryn Chandria Manuel BernardoFilipino actress
  • Kathryn Elsbeth ErbeAmerican actress
  • Kathryn Susan MorrisAmerican actress
  • Kathryn TickellEnglish musician
  • Kathryn FioreAmerican actress
  • Kathryn WilliamsEnglish singer,songwriter
  • Kathryn "Kate" McKinnon (Berthold)American actress and comedienne

Kathryn in Pop Culture

  • Captain Kathryn Janewaycharacter on TV's "Star Trek: Voyager"
  • Kathryn Kennishcharacter on TV's "Switched at Birth"
  • Kathryn Merteuilcharacter in movie "Cruel Intentions"
  • Kathryn Nolancharacter in TV's "Once Upon A Time"
  • Kathryn Munsoncharacter in "X,Men"