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

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.

Famous People Named Katharine

Katharine Houghton Hepburn, American actress
Katharine Meyer Graham, owner of "The Washington Post"
Katharine Hope McPhee, American singer and actress
Katharine Cornell, American actress and theater producer
Katharine Isabelle (b. Katherine Isobel Murray), actress
St. Katharine Marie Drexel, American philanthropist & nun
Katharine Lucy Mary Worsley, Duchess of Kent
Katharine Juliet Ross, American actress
Katharine Jefferts Schori, Bishop of Episcopal Church
Katharine Burr Blodgett, American physicist and inventor
Katharine Houghton, 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"