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712k
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since 1880

Kathleen

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Pure
  • #76 All Time
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How popular is the name "Kathleen" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 21 21 0
1881 13 13 0
1882 23 23 0
1883 21 21 0
1884 27 27 0
1885 38 38 0
1886 43 43 0
1887 50 50 0
1888 67 67 0
1889 87 87 0
1890 105 105 0
1891 113 113 0
1892 149 149 0
1893 170 170 0
1894 168 168 0
1895 192 192 0
1896 259 259 0
1897 250 250 0
1898 306 306 0
1899 230 230 0
1900 321 321 0
1901 272 272 0
1902 325 325 0
1903 352 352 0
1904 362 362 0
1905 386 386 0
1906 412 412 0
1907 440 440 0
1908 526 526 0
1909 527 527 0
1910 622 622 0
1911 663 663 0
1912 985 985 0
1913 1,179 1,179 0
1914 1,475 1,475 0
1915 1,945 1,939 6
1916 2,163 2,155 8
1917 2,358 2,358 0
1918 2,630 2,630 0 #99 girl name
1919 2,586 2,586 0
1920 3,156 3,156 0 #91 girl name
1921 3,424 3,419 5 #83 girl name
1922 3,465 3,465 0 #80 girl name
1923 3,763 3,753 10 #70 girl name
1924 3,672 3,665 7 #76 girl name
1925 3,515 3,504 11 #81 girl name
1926 3,281 3,276 5 #83 girl name
1927 3,273 3,264 9 #83 girl name
1928 3,166 3,151 15 #82 girl name
1929 2,960 2,940 20 #89 girl name
1930 3,091 3,075 16 #84 girl name
1931 2,812 2,799 13 #87 girl name
1932 2,955 2,942 13 #83 girl name
1933 3,136 3,121 15 #77 girl name
1934 3,301 3,278 23 #74 girl name
1935 3,367 3,353 14 #71 girl name
1936 3,364 3,352 12 #67 girl name
1937 3,758 3,743 15 #61 girl name
1938 4,248 4,229 19 #58 girl name
1939 4,674 4,656 18 #48 girl name
1940 5,724 5,698 26 #40 girl name
1941 7,189 7,159 30 #36 girl name
1942 10,729 10,693 36 #24 girl name
1943 12,184 12,151 33 #22 girl name
1944 13,033 13,006 27 #20 girl name
1945 13,837 13,802 35 #19 girl name
1946 18,791 18,758 33 #16 girl name
1947 22,146 22,098 48 #11 girl name
1948 23,293 23,255 38 #10 girl name
1949 26,412 26,356 56 #9 girl name
1950 25,739 25,699 40 #10 girl name
1951 26,736 26,703 33 #10 girl name
1952 25,807 25,768 39 #11 girl name
1953 23,754 23,719 35 #14 girl name
1954 22,496 22,455 41 #14 girl name
1955 22,032 21,999 33 #17 girl name
1956 21,409 21,369 40 #17 girl name
1957 19,775 19,739 36 #21 girl name
1958 19,251 19,201 50 #21 girl name
1959 17,670 17,622 48 #23 girl name
1960 16,122 16,090 32 #27 girl name
1961 15,416 15,389 27 #29 girl name
1962 14,216 14,186 30 #29 girl name
1963 13,579 13,551 28 #28 girl name
1964 13,261 13,233 28 #30 girl name
1965 11,814 11,781 33 #34 girl name
1966 10,531 10,497 34 #37 girl name
1967 9,241 9,210 31 #40 girl name
1968 8,763 8,730 33 #40 girl name
1969 8,325 8,301 24 #42 girl name
1970 7,433 7,410 23 #45 girl name
1971 6,172 6,155 17 #53 girl name
1972 5,126 5,104 22 #57 girl name
1973 4,273 4,254 19 #68 girl name
1974 3,978 3,955 23 #76 girl name
1975 3,559 3,541 18 #80 girl name
1976 3,423 3,408 15 #82 girl name
1977 3,666 3,649 17 #80 girl name
1978 3,763 3,746 17 #79 girl name
1979 3,652 3,644 8 #84 girl name
1980 3,870 3,860 10 #82 girl name
1981 3,791 3,777 14 #82 girl name
1982 3,967 3,948 19 #77 girl name
1983 3,943 3,923 20 #73 girl name
1984 4,014 3,989 25 #71 girl name
1985 4,107 4,085 22 #68 girl name
1986 4,143 4,127 16 #68 girl name
1987 4,183 4,163 20 #72 girl name
1988 3,939 3,928 11 #75 girl name
1989 3,624 3,597 27 #90 girl name
1990 3,683 3,669 14 #92 girl name
1991 3,376 3,371 5
1992 3,135 3,135 0
1993 2,741 2,741 0
1994 2,430 2,430 0
1995 2,281 2,281 0
1996 2,108 2,108 0
1997 1,741 1,741 0
1998 1,737 1,737 0
1999 1,630 1,630 0
2000 1,583 1,583 0
2001 1,336 1,336 0
2002 1,208 1,208 0
2003 1,096 1,096 0
2004 1,001 1,001 0
2005 933 933 0
2006 876 876 0
2007 779 779 0
2008 703 703 0
2009 542 542 0
2010 494 494 0
2011 451 451 0
2012 426 426 0
2013 431 431 0
2014 418 418 0

Want to know about the populiarty of Kathleen? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 712,282 babies born with the name Kathleen in the United States. That's more than enough Kathleens 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 21 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Kathleen" was in 1951 with a total of 26,703 babies. (That's a lot of baby Kathleens)

According to the 1948 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Kathleen" ranks #11 in popularity as a baby girl's name in New Hampshire. Imagine that, 111 babies in New Hampshire have the same name as you in 1948. Across the entire United States a total of 23,293 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 Kathleen popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

Irish

Origin and Meaning of Kathleen

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

Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates is an actress, director, and producer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1971 to present. Kathy was born in 1948 as Kathleen Doyle Bates in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

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Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin is a comedian with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1980 to present. Kathy was born in 1966 as Kathleen Mary Griffin in Oak Park, Illinois.

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Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner is an actress, singer, and stage director with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1978 to present. Kathleen was born in 1954 as Mary Kathleen Turner in Springfield, Missouri, U.S.

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Kathleen Robertson

Kathleen was born in 1973 as Kathleen E. Robertson in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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Kate Capshaw

Kate Capshaw is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1981 to 2003. Kate was born in 1953 as Kathleen Sue Nail in Fort Worth, Texas, US.

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Kat DeLuna

Kat DeLuna is a recording artist, songwriter, and dancer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 2 to present. Kat was born in 1988 as Kathleen Emperatriz DeLuna in The Bronx, New York City, U.S.

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Alternative Meanings

K is for kindness, you always show.

A is for accord, the harmony you spread.

T is for talent, hidden or not.

H is for happy, your wonderful laugh.

L is for loyalty, that you show.

E is for elate, you make others happy.

E is for endear, all those you touch.

N is for name, a pleasant one indeed.

Your name in reverse order is "Neelhtak". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Nelhaekt". 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 Kathleen born Sep 13, 1968

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Korea approximately on 700. Your profession was dramatist, director, musician, and bard.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. You should develop self-love and ability to implant hope into hearts of people. Ambition - is not everything. True wealth is buried in your soul.

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