Gender: Female Origin of Caitlyn: Spelling variation of Caitlin

Caitlyn Origin and Meaning

The name Caitlyn is a girl's name of Irish origin.

Cait, we love. Lyn, we don't. While the star of all variations of the 80s and 90s favorite Caitlin/Katelyn is losing its luster, the transgender athlete and former Kardashian spouse Bruce Jenner is propelling Caitlyn back into the spotlight as her new female name.

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dayjs Says:


Why do you like the spelling?

xhart Says:


Have you tried Catie or Katie? Or Kate. Those seem to be the most obvious to me. And if you're worried about going from a C name to a K nickname, that's what the Duchess of Cambridge has.

autumnreverie Says:


I've always dislike the spelling "variations" of Caitlin. Misspelling a common name does not make it unique or new.

Caitlyn Says:


Me neither! :( I can't find a nickname for myself that sounds or looks good..

emilygc3 Says:


Thanks for changing the pronoun, Nameberry!

indiefendi2 Says:


I was talking respectively about the name Brooklyn (which in Wales ranks for boys and where yn denotes a male name) and I addressed that Caitlyn is obviously feminine because it's a spelling variation of Catherine but in my opinion most other lyn names can be either/or, it depends. I had a male teacher named Lynn. There are men named Jocelyn, Evelyn, Franklyn, etc.

blueandyellow Says:


She did not choose this name because it is genderless. She chose it because it is distinctly female, and when you start calling a traditionally female name unisex after it is used by a transwoman, it is a form of invalidation.

emilygc3 Says:


Why does the description identify Caitlyn Jenner's pronoun as "his"? SHE is Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce.

indiefendi2 Says:


Bruce Jenner becoming Caitlyn strengthens my love for Brooklyn on the boy side! Lyn names should be genderless :)

(though I know Caitlyn is a spelling variation of Catherine essentially)

That Creepy Stalker Named Tess Says:


This is the only spelling for this name that I actually like.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I dont love Cait or Lyn!