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

Katharine Origin and Meaning

The name Katharine is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "pure".

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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abertawe Says:


Yes. Kathryn vs. Katharine proves how much spelling can make or break a name. (another strong example: Michaela vs. McKayla)

paulapuddephatt Says:


Same here. Katharine has the edge over Katherine, for me. Yet, I prefer Catherine to Catharine. I do like the very fact that there are multiple spelling options, without getting silly, as is the case with many names. Kathryn and Cathryn are both lovely, too. Then, of course, there are the many nickname options. It is just such a classic and beautiful name. Even when it is super popular, you get diversity, with Kate, Katie, Kitty, Kath or Cath, Kathy or Cathy, Kat or Cat, etc.

abertawe Says:


To me, this is the most elegant spelling of the name.

shelbynh Says:


I love this spelling, partly because it's the namesake of Katharine Hepburn.

athenamay24 Says:


I like this spelling better than most of the other ones, including Kathryn and such.

Elisabeth2 Says:


This spelling is much better :)

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I like this spelling (Katharine) better than Katherine,