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Gender: Female Meaning of Katharine: "pure" Origin of Katharine: Spelling variation of Katherine, Greek

The name Katharine is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "pure". Katharine and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "The Renesmee Name Game".

From the experts:

This is the spelling that old-time film star Katharine Hepburn used, and it's still favored by fans wanting to reference her classic strength and beauty. But in general, it's losing ground to Katherine and even Ms. Hepburn's own favorite short form, Kate.

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Famous People Named Katharine

Saint Katharine Marie Drexel, American philanthropist & nun
Katharine Houghton Hepburn, American actress
Katharine Meyer Graham, American owner of The Washington Post
Katharine Hope McPhee, American singer and actress
Katharine Cornell, American actress and theater producer
Katharine Isabelle (born Katherine Isobel Murray), actress
Katharine Lucy Mary Worsley, Duchess of Kent, wife of Britain's Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
Katharine Juliet Ross, American actress
Katharine Jefferts Schori, Bishop of Episcopal Church
Katharine Burr Blodgett, American physicist and inventor
Katharine Houghton, American actress, niece of Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Julia "Poppy" Harlow, American CNN anchor
Katharine Bouchage Weymouth, publisher of The Washington Post

Pop Culture References for the name Katharine

Katharine, character in "Half-Magic"
Katharine Garland "Kittyleen," character in May's "Kittyleen"
Katharine Tulman, from Cameron's "The Dark Unwinding"
Lady Katharine, from Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost"