Gender: Female Meaning of Kathryn: "pure" Origin of Kathryn: Variation of Katherine and Catherine Kathryn's Popularity in 2019: #486

Kathryn Origin and Meaning

The name Kathryn is a girl's name meaning "pure".

Although the Kathryn spelling feels like a modern streamlining of this ancient royal and saints' name, it is in fact found back through history. At least one of Henry the Eighth's unfortunately wives sometimes spelled her name as Kathryn.

While Katherine is the number one spelling of the name these days and Catherine number 2, the Kathryn form is well-used if not exactly modern-feeling. Two recent Kathryns of note: Academy Award-winning film director Kathryn Bigelow and bestselling novelist Kathryn Stockett.

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Rank in US: #486

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GenEric Says:


I prefer Catherine, Katharine, and Katherine in that order, but this is a good version if you want to be more unique but not too out there. It's the 3rd most popular form and still in the top 1000.

ashleyisabellalaaaa Says:


Kathryn is the best spelling of the Katherine Family because I think it modernizes the name Katherine

paulapuddephatt Says:


It's pretty rude that she said "the normal way", and really, I would say that Catherine, Catharine, Cathryn, Katherine, Katharine and Kathryn are all standard and "normal" ways of spelling the name. Any other way is more unusual.

paulapuddephatt Says:


It's a pity you can't get Kate to stick, if you prefer it. I always wonder why parents don't use Kate or Katie more as given names. I went to school with a Katie, who was about 60% known as Kate and 40% Katie. I like all Catherine variants, and I do like Kathryn and Cathryn, but I know it's a pain when you dislike your name. Mine is Paula, no decent nickname options, should have insisted on my middle name when younger. I think people like using Kathryn because it removes any doubt about whether to pronounce the middle syllable or not, by simply extracting it.

aleerakate Says:


This is my name and I hate it, I would be very happy with it if it was spelled Katherine, but as is, it sounds like some woman who is stuck in the 80's with a perm, fluorescent leggings and leg warmers. I try to go by Kate but every time I start a new job, or class at uni I have to push to be called Kate instead of Kathryn. I would legally change my name to Kate if it weren't so much of a nuisance to do so. The older I get the more horrible I think the name is.

Impwood Says:


I prefer Catherine myself.

Kathryn Says:


I checked into a hotel recently and there must have been someone with the same name. I was asked if I spelled my first name C a t h e r I n e -- the "normal way". I said no -- Kathryn -- that is normal for me.

LunaCross Says:


My grandmother on my mom's side has this as her middle name.

Sweekune Says:


My name! I love it and feel this spelling is the best spelling of the name. The nicknames are varied and I enjoy using Kat, Kathy and Ryn mostly.

MaryKathryn Says:


This is my name and I love it! I love the beauty of the spelling and I would love it if I heard little girls running around with this name!