Katherine

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634k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
191
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Katherine

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

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  1. A female given name, a popular spelling variant of Catherine.
  2. A placename given to a river and a town in Northern Territory, Australia.

Notable Persons Named Katherine

Katharine was given the name Katherine Dexter on August 27th, 1875 in Dexter, Michigan. She breathed her last breath on December 28th, 1967.

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Katherine Johnson is a in the fields of mathematics and computer science. Katherine was born on August 26th, 1918 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

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Katherine Waterston is an actress. She was most active from 2004 to present. Katherine was given the name Katherine Boyer Waterston by her parents Sam Waterston and Given name on March 3rd, 1980 in Westminster, London, England.

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Tilda Swinton is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1984 to present. Tilda was given the name Katherine Matilda Swinton by her parent John Swinton of Kimmerghame on November 5th, 1960 in London, England, UK.

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Katherine Heigl is an actress, film producer, and model. She has had major accomplishments since 1992. Katherine was given the name Katherine Marie Heigl on November 24th, 1978 in Washington, D.C., U.S. Katherine is also known as Heigl and Katherine Marie.

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Kat Dennings is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2000. Kat was given the name Katherine Litwack on June 13th, 1986 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Katherine

Princess Katherine was royalty. Princess was born as the child of Constantine I of Greece and Sophia of Prussia on May 4th, 1913 in Athens. She died on October 2nd, 2007.

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Katherine is royalty. She holds the title Crown Princess of Serbia and Crown Princess of Yugoslavia. Katherine was born on November 13th, 1943 in Athens.

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How popular is the baby 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 #53 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 #62 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 #63 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 2,546 2,546 0 #53 girl name
1913 2,804 2,794 10 #54 girl name
1914 3,660 3,652 8 #48 girl name
1915 4,496 4,488 8 #49 girl name
1916 4,814 4,801 13 #51 girl name
1917 4,970 4,956 14 #49 girl name
1918 5,203 5,191 12 #50 girl name
1919 4,857 4,846 11 #51 girl name
1920 5,293 5,276 17 #45 girl name
1921 5,168 5,156 12 #49 girl name
1922 4,839 4,826 13 #54 girl name
1923 4,602 4,578 24 #60 girl name
1924 4,715 4,697 18 #59 girl name
1925 4,251 4,238 13 #61 girl name
1926 3,854 3,835 19 #72 girl name
1927 3,740 3,722 18 #73 girl name
1928 3,415 3,396 19 #75 girl name
1929 3,030 3,017 13 #84 girl name
1930 3,054 3,032 22 #85 girl name
1931 2,636 2,623 13 #92 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 2,352 2,338 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 4,201 4,196 5 #78 girl name
1947 4,906 4,887 19 #76 girl name
1948 5,181 5,171 10 #68 girl name
1949 6,059 6,040 19 #58 girl name
1950 6,213 6,204 9 #58 girl name
1951 6,933 6,925 8 #55 girl name
1952 6,906 6,889 17 #59 girl name
1953 6,572 6,559 13 #63 girl name
1954 6,755 6,739 16 #64 girl name
1955 7,256 7,241 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 6,155 6,141 14 #79 girl name
1960 5,905 5,881 24 #80 girl name
1961 5,650 5,631 19 #86 girl name
1962 5,282 5,273 9 #83 girl name
1963 5,146 5,128 18 #86 girl name
1964 5,090 5,073 17 #82 girl name
1965 4,723 4,713 10 #79 girl name
1966 4,517 4,499 18 #78 girl name
1967 4,573 4,559 14 #76 girl name
1968 4,730 4,719 11 #75 girl name
1969 5,185 5,169 16 #70 girl name
1970 5,460 5,444 16 #67 girl name
1971 5,150 5,120 30 #67 girl name
1972 4,527 4,515 12 #69 girl name
1973 4,432 4,420 12 #64 girl name
1974 4,548 4,531 17 #62 girl name
1975 4,872 4,854 18 #58 girl name
1976 5,072 5,056 16 #57 girl name
1977 6,051 6,031 20 #44 girl name
1978 6,650 6,624 26 #38 girl name
1979 7,504 7,468 36 #36 girl name
1980 8,048 8,019 29 #35 girl name
1981 8,464 8,433 31 #39 girl name
1982 9,225 9,180 45 #36 girl name
1983 9,716 9,683 33 #34 girl name
1984 10,204 10,156 48 #30 girl name
1985 10,165 10,126 39 #32 girl name
1986 10,614 10,570 44 #28 girl name
1987 10,477 10,433 44 #28 girl name
1988 11,189 11,147 42 #27 girl name
1989 11,510 11,416 94 #26 girl name
1990 11,654 11,622 32 #26 girl name
1991 11,509 11,489 20 #25 girl name
1992 11,167 11,147 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 8,888 8,874 14 #31 girl name
1997 8,527 8,516 11 #32 girl name
1998 8,217 8,204 13 #33 girl name
1999 7,939 7,932 7 #36 girl name
2000 8,119 8,106 13 #33 girl name
2001 7,893 7,879 14 #35 girl name
2002 7,224 7,212 12 #36 girl name
2003 7,134 7,124 10 #35 girl name
2004 6,770 6,738 32 #35 girl name
2005 6,403 6,389 14 #36 girl name
2006 6,299 6,293 6 #37 girl name
2007 5,821 5,814 7 #39 girl name
2008 5,350 5,344 6 #45 girl name
2009 4,432 4,427 5 #60 girl name
2010 3,863 3,863 0 #70 girl name
2011 4,191 4,186 5 #61 girl name
2012 3,949 3,949 0 #64 girl name
2013 3,716 3,716 0 #77 girl name
2014 3,683 3,676 7 #82 girl name
2015 3,451 3,442 9 #84 girl name
2016 3,259 3,259 0 #90 girl name

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Popularity of Katherine as a first name

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Popularity of Katherine as a last name

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Common last names for Katherine

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  • Jones
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  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Anderson
  • Moore
  • White
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Thompson
  • Murphy
  • Clark
  • Sullivan
  • Harris
  • Kelly

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Katherine U.S.
  White 58.64% 64.26%
  African American 28.80% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.14% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.81% 16.26%

Of Last Name Katherine

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

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Fun Facts about the name Katherine

  • How Popular is the name Katherine? Katherine is the 90th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Katherine was the 90th most popular name. As a last name Katherine was the 95,545th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Katherine have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 633,985 babies born with the first name Katherine in the United States. That's more than enough people named Katherine 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 Katherine? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 507 new born babies.
  • When was Katherine first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Katherine is Tuesday, July 18th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Katherine born? The highest recorded use of the first name Katherine was in 1990 with a total of 11,622 babies. That's a lot of babies named Katherine!
  • Random Katherine Factoid: According to the 1975 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Katherine ranks 80th in popularity as a baby girl's name in West Virginia. Imagine that, 33 babies in West Virginia have the same name as you in 1975.
  • Weird things about the name Katherine: Your name in reverse order is Enirehtak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Einkaerth. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Katherine? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 191 people with the last name Katherine.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Katherine? Katherine is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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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).
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