(f) This name began as a word of unknown
origin but was early associated with a Greek word meaning ‘pure.’
In Greek the name begins with a k; in languages such as French
and Italian it begins with c. Since its introduction into the
English-speaking world both spellings have been used, together
with internal variations as seen in Catharine.
of the forms used in Scotland include: Catherine, Kathryn, Katherine,
Katharine, Kathrine, Catharine, Kathrynn, The spelling confusion
extends to Kathleen (Irish Caitlin), a diminutive of Catherine.
This can appear also as Kathaleen, Kathalien, Katheleen, Kathieleen,
Kathien, Kathlyn, Cathaleen, Cathelene, Catheline, Cathleen.
is a favourite name throughout the Christian world. In Scotland
it was in 9th position in 1858, and still 6th in 1958. Only a
handful of names manage to survive such intensive and consistent
usage. Kathleen, although still associated with Ireland, has also
been much used in Scotland since the 1930’s. It was immensely
popular in England around 1925, and may have come from there as
well as Ireland. Different pet forms of Catherine and Kathleen
have been popular at different times, and have often been used
as independent names. Kay (Kaye) was fairly popular in the 1950’s,
for example, and in the 1970’s Kerry (Kerrie) has fast gained
ground. Kit and Kitty have now largely been replaced by Kate,
Katie (Katy, Katey),
Cathie (Cathy, Kathy).
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