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Katherine

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Pure
  • #89 All Time
  • #83 in 2014
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450k Kathryn (English)
100k Katrina (German)
41k Katharine (Greek)
8k Katarina (Italian)
6k Katerina (Slavic)
< 1k Kattrina (Russian)
< 1k Katrien (Dutch)

How popular is the name "Katherine" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 507 502 5 #53 girl name
1881 504 504 0 #52 girl name
1882 591 591 0 #52 girl name
1883 583 583 0 #56 girl name
1884 671 671 0 #55 girl name
1885 751 751 0 #50 girl name
1886 744 744 0 #54 girl name
1887 794 794 0 #53 girl name
1888 893 893 0 #56 girl name
1889 889 889 0 #56 girl name
1890 900 900 0 #59 girl name
1891 808 803 5 #62 girl name
1892 961 961 0 #60 girl name
1893 963 963 0 #62 girl name
1894 948 948 0 #64 girl name
1895 968 968 0 #65 girl name
1896 1,047 1,047 0 #61 girl name
1897 962 962 0 #65 girl name
1898 914 914 0 #69 girl name
1899 942 942 0 #65 girl name
1900 1,201 1,201 0 #65 girl name
1901 890 890 0 #71 girl name
1902 1,009 1,004 5 #68 girl name
1903 1,020 1,015 5 #66 girl name
1904 1,139 1,128 11 #63 girl name
1905 1,190 1,190 0 #64 girl name
1906 1,277 1,277 0 #56 girl name
1907 1,418 1,413 5 #55 girl name
1908 1,430 1,430 0 #55 girl name
1909 1,565 1,557 8 #53 girl name
1910 1,753 1,753 0 #57 girl name
1911 1,863 1,858 5 #55 girl name
1912 2,545 2,545 0 #53 girl name
1913 2,804 2,794 10 #54 girl name
1914 3,660 3,652 8 #48 girl name
1915 4,497 4,489 8 #49 girl name
1916 4,814 4,801 13 #51 girl name
1917 4,970 4,956 14 #49 girl name
1918 5,204 5,192 12 #50 girl name
1919 4,857 4,846 11 #51 girl name
1920 5,292 5,275 17 #45 girl name
1921 5,168 5,156 12 #49 girl name
1922 4,839 4,826 13 #54 girl name
1923 4,603 4,579 24 #60 girl name
1924 4,712 4,694 18 #59 girl name
1925 4,253 4,240 13 #61 girl name
1926 3,852 3,833 19 #72 girl name
1927 3,741 3,723 18 #73 girl name
1928 3,417 3,398 19 #75 girl name
1929 3,030 3,017 13 #84 girl name
1930 3,051 3,029 22 #85 girl name
1931 2,637 2,624 13 #91 girl name
1932 2,604 2,590 14 #95 girl name
1933 2,344 2,330 14 #100 girl name
1934 2,401 2,386 15
1935 2,351 2,337 14
1936 2,370 2,357 13 #100 girl name
1937 2,497 2,483 14
1938 2,581 2,574 7
1939 2,488 2,475 13
1940 2,719 2,709 10 #91 girl name
1941 3,018 3,003 15 #85 girl name
1942 3,390 3,377 13 #81 girl name
1943 3,628 3,614 14 #78 girl name
1944 3,537 3,524 13 #77 girl name
1945 3,404 3,392 12 #82 girl name
1946 4,202 4,197 5 #78 girl name
1947 4,907 4,888 19 #76 girl name
1948 5,180 5,170 10 #68 girl name
1949 6,061 6,042 19 #58 girl name
1950 6,217 6,208 9 #58 girl name
1951 6,928 6,920 8 #55 girl name
1952 6,906 6,889 17 #59 girl name
1953 6,570 6,557 13 #63 girl name
1954 6,756 6,740 16 #64 girl name
1955 7,257 7,242 15 #64 girl name
1956 7,101 7,080 21 #67 girl name
1957 6,656 6,639 17 #72 girl name
1958 6,450 6,433 17 #74 girl name
1959 6,154 6,140 14 #79 girl name
1960 5,903 5,879 24 #80 girl name
1961 5,652 5,633 19 #85 girl name
1962 5,281 5,272 9 #84 girl name
1963 5,147 5,129 18 #86 girl name
1964 5,090 5,073 17 #82 girl name
1965 4,725 4,715 10 #79 girl name
1966 4,516 4,498 18 #78 girl name
1967 4,574 4,560 14 #76 girl name
1968 4,730 4,719 11 #75 girl name
1969 5,185 5,169 16 #70 girl name
1970 5,461 5,445 16 #67 girl name
1971 5,150 5,120 30 #67 girl name
1972 4,525 4,513 12 #69 girl name
1973 4,432 4,420 12 #64 girl name
1974 4,548 4,531 17 #62 girl name
1975 4,873 4,855 18 #58 girl name
1976 5,071 5,055 16 #57 girl name
1977 6,051 6,031 20 #44 girl name
1978 6,651 6,625 26 #38 girl name
1979 7,505 7,469 36 #36 girl name
1980 8,046 8,017 29 #35 girl name
1981 8,463 8,432 31 #39 girl name
1982 9,226 9,181 45 #36 girl name
1983 9,715 9,682 33 #34 girl name
1984 10,201 10,153 48 #30 girl name
1985 10,162 10,123 39 #32 girl name
1986 10,612 10,568 44 #28 girl name
1987 10,474 10,430 44 #28 girl name
1988 11,184 11,142 42 #27 girl name
1989 11,513 11,419 94 #26 girl name
1990 11,649 11,617 32 #26 girl name
1991 11,506 11,486 20 #25 girl name
1992 11,169 11,149 20 #27 girl name
1993 10,526 10,507 19 #29 girl name
1994 9,604 9,585 19 #30 girl name
1995 8,999 8,986 13 #30 girl name
1996 8,887 8,873 14 #31 girl name
1997 8,527 8,516 11 #32 girl name
1998 8,216 8,203 13 #33 girl name
1999 7,938 7,931 7 #36 girl name
2000 8,119 8,106 13 #33 girl name
2001 7,891 7,877 14 #35 girl name
2002 7,224 7,212 12 #36 girl name
2003 7,133 7,123 10 #35 girl name
2004 6,770 6,738 32 #35 girl name
2005 6,402 6,388 14 #36 girl name
2006 6,299 6,293 6 #37 girl name
2007 5,817 5,810 7 #39 girl name
2008 5,349 5,343 6 #45 girl name
2009 4,431 4,426 5 #60 girl name
2010 3,861 3,861 0 #70 girl name
2011 4,186 4,181 5 #61 girl name
2012 3,945 3,945 0 #64 girl name
2013 3,707 3,707 0 #77 girl name
2014 3,658 3,651 7 #83 girl name

Want to know about the populiarty of Katherine? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 627,197 babies born with the name Katherine in the United States. That's more than enough Katherines to occupy the country of Montenegro with an estimated population of 620,029 (as of April 1, 2011). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 507 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Katherine" was in 1990 with a total of 11,617 babies. (That's a lot of baby Katherines)

According to the 1976 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Katherine" ranks #32 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Virginia. Imagine that, 168 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1976. Across the entire United States a total of 5,071 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Katherine popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Katherine in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the south west? Search for the name to check your answer!

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Katherine" mean? The list below shows the origins of Katherine as well as things modernly associated with the name Katherine such as celebrities named Katherine.

Greek

Origin and Meaning of Katherine

The name "Katherine" is of Greek origin, and it means "Pure". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Kate Upton

Kate Upton is a model and actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 2 to present. Kate was born in 1992 as Katherine Elizabeth Upton in St. Joseph, Michigan, U.S.

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Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl is an actress, film producer, and model with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1986 to present. Katherine was born in 1978 as Katherine Marie Heigl in Washington, D.C., U.S.

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Kat Dennings

Kat Dennings is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 2 to present. Kat was born in 1986 as Katherine Litwack in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Katie Cassidy

Katie Cassidy is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 2 to present. Katie was born in 1986 as Katherine Evelyn Anita Cassidy in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1984 to present. Tilda was born in 1960 as Katherine Mathilda Swinton in London, England.

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Kat Von D

Kat Von D is a tattoo artist, television personality, and author. Kat was born in 1982 as Katherine von Drachenberg in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

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Alternative Meanings

K is for keen, your sense of honesty.

A is for agreeable, the best side of you!

T is for treasure, of your friendship.

H is for heavenly, your spirit is strong.

E is for electric, a sparkling trait!

R is for righteous, you know when you're right.

I is for impress, for impress you will.

N is for nice, need I say more?

E is for excite, your spirit is catching!

Your name in reverse order is "Enirehtak". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Nktheriae". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Katherine born Nov 15, 1971

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA South-East approximately on 1025. Your profession was monk, bee-keeper, and lone gunman.

You were always involved with all new things. You have always loved changes, especially in art, music, cooking. There is the invisible connection between material and spiritual world. Your lesson - to search, to find and to use this bridge.

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