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Gender: Female Meaning of Ekaterina: "pure" Origin of Ekaterina: Slavic variation of Catherine

The name Ekaterina is a girl's name of Slavic origin meaning "pure". Ekaterina and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Pure and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Drop 2 Add 1 pick a fave that can't be dropped".

From the experts:

This exotic variation was publicized by Olympic skater Ekaterina Gordeeva. Though it's intriguing, it's sure to cause confusion in any English speaking country and in the U.S., all Katrina-sounding names are off the table since the devastating hurricane. Better to go with one of the Katherine variations or another Slavic or Russian name.

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Famous People Named Ekaterina

Ekaterina "Katia" Alexandrovna Gordeeva, Russian Olympic figure skater
Ekaterina "Kato" Svanidze, Georgian first wife of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin
Ekaterina Valeryevna Makarova, Russian tennis player
Ekaterina Lopes, Russian tennis player
Ekaterina Andreevna Bychkova, Russian tennis player
Ekaterina Dmitrievna "Katya" Ryabova, Russian singer
Ekaterina Sedia, Russian novelist
Ekaterina Alexandrovna Bobrova, Russian ice dancer
Ekaterina Vasilyevna "Rina" Zelyonaya, Uzbekistani Soviet actress
Ekaterina Vedeneeva, Slovenian rhythmic gymnast

Pop Culture References for the name Ekaterina

Ekaterina "Kitty" Shcherbatskaya, character in Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina
Ekaterina, One of the branches of the Cahill family in The 39 Clues Series, descended from Katherine Cahill
Ekaterina, former queen of Moroi vampires in "Vampire Academy" series
Ekatarina Velika, Yugoslavian rock band
Ekaterina, character in Egg and Spoon book

Ekaterine, Yekaterina, Ekaterini


Rasha Says:


Would it be strange to use this name if you are not Slavic or Russian?

Rasha Says:


This is so fun to say

CocoaPuff Says:


It's a bit bombastic to suggest Katrina is so close in sound to an int'l variant of Catherine that it's unuseable.

Ella-Lizzy12 Says:


I knew an Ekaterina at school, and we called her Eka- that was in Britain and it didn't cause any confusion at all, so I don't think people should be put off by its complexity.

teacupsandtiaras Says:


This is my cousin's wife's name. She goes by Eca, which is a cool nickname for a Catherine name!

Impwood Says:


I think this is perfectly usable. It's beautiful.

_katya0203_ Says:


This is my name. I used to hate it but now I quite like it.

PineWarrior Says:


I've always loved this name!
It has nice nicknames and it also sounds very beautiful-almost as if it was pulled out of a fairytale~

amberdaydream Says:


It's pronounced yeh-kah-tyeh-REE-nah. For this reason an easier-to-pronounce transcription would be Yekaterina. Usual nickname is Katya, KAH-tyah.

Zelliew Says:


Ha ! Ha!

TheHumanCanvas Says:


I still wouldn't rule out Katrina because of the hurricane, and ESPECIALLY not a beautiful name like Ekaterina.

otheralix Says:


What you're thinking of is Katrina.

malloree Says:


Exactly! I love this name, and Katarina. I love all of these names and just because of a hurricane, doesn't mean we cant use it.

gmdx Says:


Reminds me of Yekaterinburg, where the Romanovs were killed.

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vintageluvs Says:


Yea. I would never even think of the hurricane. I think it is a nice variant of Catherine, and the nicknames from Catherine are still acessible– like Kate, Kitty, Katie, Cathy, etc.

Vespertinerose Says:


I like it and its beautiful and exotic. I do not think the hurricane should stop people from using such a great name.