The regal-sounding Katherine is a timeless name. From monarchs to actresses to pop singers, there’s never a shortage of Katherine’s in the world. It’s meaning of “pure” is especially appropriate given that there were several saints named Katherine or Catherine, most notably St. Catherine of Alexandria who apprently was tortured on a spiked wheel (shhh, you don’t have to tell them that part.)



Kay, Kathy, Karah, Kaira, Katie, Kate, Kat



International Variations

Reina, Kolina, Kolena, Kaska, Kasienka, Kalena, Kakalina, Kay, Kathy, Karah

Alternate Spellings

Kathryn, Kathrine, Katharine, Karalie, Karalee

Famous Namesakes

Actress Katharine Hepburn, Singer Katy Perry, Actress Katharine Heigl, Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones

Celebrity Babies

Daughter of Tim Allen, Daughter of Jane Seymore, Daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, Daughter of Sting, Daughter of Tony Danza