Catherine

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659k
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since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Catherine

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

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  1. Empress of Russia who greatly increased the territory of the empire (1729-1796)
  2. First wife of Henry VIII; Henry VIII's divorce from her was the initial step of the Reformation in England (1485-1536)
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From French Catherine, from Ancient Greek Αἰκατερίνη (Aikaterínē), *Ἑκατερίνη (*Hekaterínē), of debated meaning, possibly from ἑκάτερος (hekáteros, “each of the two”), or from the name of the goddess Hecate. The spelling with 'th' in Latin languages, German and English, is due to a folk etymology, dating from Roman times, which associated the name with the Ancient Greek καθαρός (katharós, “pure”). The name belonged to a 4th-century saint and martyr from Alexandria who was tortured on the wheel.

  1. A female given name.

Catherine was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons Named Catherine

Catherine is royalty. She holds the title Duchess of Cambridge([[#Titles, styles, honours, arms, and Duke of Cambridge. Catherine was born as the child of Carole Middleton on January 9th, 1982 in Royal Berkshire Hospital.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1981 to present. Catherine was given the name Catherine Zeta Jones on September 25th, 1969 in Swansea, Wales, UK.

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She was most prominent from 1989 to present. Cate was given the name Catherine Élise Blanchett on May 14th, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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Catherine II was royalty. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1762 to 1796. Catherine was born as the child of Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst, and Joanna Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp in Szczecin. She left this life on November 17th, 1796.

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Katey Sagal is an actress and singer-songwriter. She has been prominent since 1971. Katey was given the name Catherine Louise Sagal by her parent Boris Sagal on January 19th, 1954 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Catherine of Aragon was royalty. She was most prominent from 1509 to 1509. Catherine was born as the child of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile on December 16th, 1485 in Archbishop's Palace, Alcalá de Henares, Kingdom of Castile. She passed away on January 7th, 1536.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Catherine

Catherine is royalty. She holds the title Duchess of Cambridge([[#Titles, styles, honours, arms, and Duke of Cambridge. Catherine was born as the child of Carole Middleton on January 9th, 1982 in Royal Berkshire Hospital.

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Philip Catherine is a jazz musician and songwriter. He plays Guitar. His most notable accomplishments were from 1960 to present. Philip was born on October 27th, 1942 in London.

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Adeline Catherine Anderson is a romance novel and suspense novelist. Her ongoing career started in 1988. Adeline was given the name Adeline Catherine on December 22nd, 1948 in Grants Pass, Oregon. Adeline is also known as Anderson and Catherine Adeline.

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She holds the title Princess of Condé. Charlotte was born as the child of Louis III de La Trémoille in 1568 in France. She passed away on August 29th, 1629.

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Shaila Catherine is an author and meditation teacher.

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He holds the title Priest. Blessed was born on July 25th, 1638 in Mérida, Spain. He passed away on July 21st, 1690.

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How popular is the baby name Catherine in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 688 688 0 #31 girl name
1881 635 635 0 #40 girl name
1882 726 726 0 #42 girl name
1883 853 853 0 #36 girl name
1884 881 874 7 #43 girl name
1885 846 846 0 #45 girl name
1886 916 916 0 #45 girl name
1887 972 967 5 #44 girl name
1888 1,218 1,212 6 #42 girl name
1889 1,198 1,198 0 #42 girl name
1890 1,232 1,232 0 #44 girl name
1891 1,225 1,219 6 #42 girl name
1892 1,333 1,333 0 #42 girl name
1893 1,341 1,336 5 #42 girl name
1894 1,430 1,430 0 #41 girl name
1895 1,514 1,514 0 #38 girl name
1896 1,594 1,594 0 #40 girl name
1897 1,511 1,511 0 #42 girl name
1898 1,710 1,705 5 #41 girl name
1899 1,633 1,628 5 #36 girl name
1900 2,086 2,081 5 #34 girl name
1901 1,604 1,599 5 #38 girl name
1902 1,896 1,896 0 #31 girl name
1903 1,916 1,916 0 #32 girl name
1904 1,992 1,983 9 #31 girl name
1905 2,198 2,198 0 #28 girl name
1906 2,237 2,230 7 #26 girl name
1907 2,464 2,457 7 #25 girl name
1908 2,760 2,750 10 #22 girl name
1909 2,904 2,897 7 #23 girl name
1910 3,171 3,161 10 #22 girl name
1911 3,576 3,565 11 #20 girl name
1912 4,677 4,666 11 #21 girl name
1913 5,314 5,302 12 #22 girl name
1914 6,632 6,612 20 #18 girl name
1915 8,196 8,181 15 #19 girl name
1916 8,492 8,469 23 #20 girl name
1917 8,705 8,689 16 #18 girl name
1918 8,854 8,842 12 #20 girl name
1919 8,351 8,334 17 #24 girl name
1920 8,897 8,878 19 #21 girl name
1921 8,905 8,888 17 #23 girl name
1922 8,558 8,536 22 #24 girl name
1923 8,460 8,438 22 #24 girl name
1924 8,392 8,364 28 #27 girl name
1925 7,887 7,868 19 #29 girl name
1926 7,496 7,467 29 #31 girl name
1927 7,291 7,256 35 #31 girl name
1928 6,951 6,910 41 #33 girl name
1929 6,299 6,276 23 #34 girl name
1930 6,330 6,298 32 #35 girl name
1931 5,680 5,642 38 #36 girl name
1932 5,477 5,448 29 #39 girl name
1933 4,926 4,907 19 #44 girl name
1934 4,954 4,934 20 #42 girl name
1935 4,716 4,698 18 #42 girl name
1936 4,561 4,535 26 #44 girl name
1937 4,481 4,458 23 #47 girl name
1938 4,545 4,525 20 #48 girl name
1939 4,593 4,576 17 #49 girl name
1940 4,598 4,581 17 #53 girl name
1941 4,902 4,884 18 #51 girl name
1942 5,292 5,266 26 #49 girl name
1943 5,449 5,425 24 #48 girl name
1944 5,273 5,257 16 #49 girl name
1945 5,048 5,030 18 #50 girl name
1946 6,380 6,366 14 #48 girl name
1947 7,902 7,889 13 #46 girl name
1948 8,268 8,245 23 #41 girl name
1949 9,148 9,134 14 #37 girl name
1950 9,673 9,655 18 #34 girl name
1951 10,594 10,570 24 #34 girl name
1952 11,083 11,052 31 #34 girl name
1953 10,858 10,841 17 #35 girl name
1954 11,097 11,080 17 #32 girl name
1955 11,651 11,627 24 #28 girl name
1956 12,084 12,065 19 #28 girl name
1957 11,174 11,147 27 #37 girl name
1958 10,787 10,765 22 #38 girl name
1959 10,041 10,022 19 #40 girl name
1960 9,562 9,537 25 #42 girl name
1961 9,268 9,249 19 #48 girl name
1962 8,719 8,699 20 #53 girl name
1963 8,320 8,292 28 #53 girl name
1964 8,259 8,236 23 #54 girl name
1965 7,274 7,247 27 #57 girl name
1966 6,983 6,960 23 #55 girl name
1967 6,368 6,347 21 #55 girl name
1968 6,147 6,131 16 #56 girl name
1969 6,110 6,092 18 #58 girl name
1970 6,029 6,009 20 #59 girl name
1971 5,350 5,334 16 #65 girl name
1972 4,697 4,686 11 #65 girl name
1973 4,284 4,269 15 #67 girl name
1974 4,201 4,182 19 #73 girl name
1975 3,945 3,934 11 #73 girl name
1976 3,796 3,782 14 #72 girl name
1977 3,865 3,844 21 #75 girl name
1978 3,975 3,955 20 #72 girl name
1979 3,891 3,877 14 #78 girl name
1980 4,097 4,081 16 #77 girl name
1981 4,068 4,054 14 #73 girl name
1982 4,104 4,096 8 #73 girl name
1983 4,267 4,250 17 #66 girl name
1984 4,257 4,238 19 #69 girl name
1985 4,302 4,290 12 #65 girl name
1986 4,266 4,242 24 #67 girl name
1987 4,131 4,107 24 #74 girl name
1988 4,521 4,505 16 #69 girl name
1989 4,600 4,556 44 #67 girl name
1990 4,916 4,893 23 #71 girl name
1991 4,823 4,815 8 #72 girl name
1992 4,543 4,533 10 #78 girl name
1993 4,474 4,474 0 #75 girl name
1994 4,102 4,102 0 #83 girl name
1995 3,869 3,858 11 #90 girl name
1996 3,749 3,738 11 #95 girl name
1997 3,601 3,593 8 #96 girl name
1998 3,347 3,347 0
1999 3,409 3,400 9 #98 girl name
2000 3,800 3,800 0 #81 girl name
2001 3,728 3,728 0 #81 girl name
2002 3,299 3,289 10
2003 3,230 3,230 0
2004 3,191 3,180 11
2005 2,991 2,983 8
2006 2,789 2,789 0
2007 2,474 2,469 5
2008 2,319 2,319 0
2009 1,888 1,888 0
2010 1,610 1,610 0
2011 1,934 1,934 0
2012 1,909 1,909 0
2013 1,863 1,863 0
2014 1,938 1,938 0
2015 1,799 1,799 0
2016 1,660 1,660 0

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Popularity of Catherine as a first name

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Popularity of Catherine as a last name

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Common last names for Catherine

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Murphy
  • Sullivan
  • Davis
  • Kelly
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Moore
  • Anderson
  • White
  • Taylor
  • Clark
  • Thomas
  • Walsh
  • Thompson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Catherine U.S.
  White 70.00% 64.26%
  African American 24.57% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.43% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.86% 16.26%

Of Last Name Catherine

People with the last name Catherine are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Catherine

  • How Popular is the name Catherine? Catherine is the 86th most popular name of all time. As a last name Catherine was the 58,042nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Catherine have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 659,093 babies born with the first name Catherine in the United States. That's more than enough people named Catherine to occupy the country of Montenegro with an estimated population of 620,029 (as of April 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Catherine? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 688 new born babies.
  • When was Catherine first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Catherine is Wednesday, December 14th, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Catherine born? The highest recorded use of the first name Catherine was in 1956 with a total of 12,065 babies. That's a lot of babies named Catherine!
  • Random Catherine Factoid: According to the 1952 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Catherine ranks 27th in popularity as a baby girl's name in District of Columbia. Imagine that, 114 babies in District of Columbia have the same name as you in 1952.
  • Weird things about the name Catherine: Your name in reverse order is Enirehtac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rectheian. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Catherine? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 350 people with the last name Catherine.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Catherine? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Catherine as their last name since less than 1 person in 833k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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