Kathleen

First Name
713k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
106
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kathleen

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

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Anglicization of Caitlín, an Irish equivalent of the English Catherine.

  1. A female given name.

Notable Persons Named Kathleen

Kathy Griffin is an observational comedy, ribaldry, black comedy, and improvisational theatre comedian. Kathy was given the name Kathleen Mary Griffin on November 4th, 1960 in Oak Park, Illinois.

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She has been prominent since 1971. Kathy was given the name Kathleen Doyle Bates on June 28th, 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

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Kate Walsh is an actress and businesswoman. She was most active from 1995 to present. Kate was given the name Kathleen Erin Walsh on October 13th, 1967 in San Jose, California, United States.

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Kathleen Turner is an actress, singer, stage director, and actor. She has been prominent since 1977. Kathleen was given the name Mary Kathleen Turner on June 19th, 1954 in Springfield, Missouri, U.S.

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Kate Capshaw is an actress. Her career lasted from 1981 to 2003. Kate was given the name Kathleen Sue Nail on November 3rd, 1953 in Fort Worth, Texas, United States.

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Marchioness was given the name Kathleen Agnes Kennedy by her parents Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., and Rose Kennedy on February 20th, 1920 in Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S. She died on May 13th, 1948.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kathleen

Kat Richardson is a fantasy literature writer. She has been prominent since 2006. Kat was given the name Mary-Patricia Kathleen on May 22nd, 1964.

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How popular is the baby 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 22 22 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 1,946 1,940 6
1916 2,162 2,154 8
1917 2,358 2,358 0
1918 2,630 2,630 0 #99 girl name
1919 2,586 2,586 0
1920 3,157 3,157 0 #91 girl name
1921 3,425 3,420 5 #83 girl name
1922 3,465 3,465 0 #80 girl name
1923 3,764 3,754 10 #70 girl name
1924 3,670 3,663 7 #76 girl name
1925 3,514 3,503 11 #81 girl name
1926 3,281 3,276 5 #83 girl name
1927 3,273 3,264 9 #83 girl name
1928 3,168 3,153 15 #82 girl name
1929 2,960 2,940 20 #89 girl name
1930 3,090 3,074 16 #84 girl name
1931 2,813 2,800 13 #87 girl name
1932 2,955 2,942 13 #83 girl name
1933 3,137 3,122 15 #77 girl name
1934 3,300 3,277 23 #74 girl name
1935 3,368 3,354 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 5,723 5,697 26 #40 girl name
1941 7,190 7,160 30 #36 girl name
1942 10,729 10,693 36 #24 girl name
1943 12,186 12,153 33 #22 girl name
1944 13,033 13,006 27 #20 girl name
1945 13,837 13,802 35 #19 girl name
1946 18,793 18,760 33 #16 girl name
1947 22,145 22,097 48 #11 girl name
1948 23,294 23,256 38 #10 girl name
1949 26,409 26,353 56 #9 girl name
1950 25,744 25,704 40 #10 girl name
1951 26,752 26,719 33 #10 girl name
1952 25,805 25,766 39 #11 girl name
1953 23,762 23,727 35 #14 girl name
1954 22,501 22,460 41 #14 girl name
1955 22,033 22,000 33 #17 girl name
1956 21,408 21,368 40 #17 girl name
1957 19,777 19,741 36 #21 girl name
1958 19,250 19,200 50 #21 girl name
1959 17,672 17,624 48 #23 girl name
1960 16,121 16,089 32 #27 girl name
1961 15,417 15,390 27 #29 girl name
1962 14,219 14,189 30 #29 girl name
1963 13,572 13,544 28 #28 girl name
1964 13,261 13,233 28 #30 girl name
1965 11,815 11,782 33 #34 girl name
1966 10,529 10,495 34 #37 girl name
1967 9,241 9,210 31 #40 girl name
1968 8,762 8,729 33 #40 girl name
1969 8,324 8,300 24 #42 girl name
1970 7,432 7,409 23 #45 girl name
1971 6,172 6,155 17 #53 girl name
1972 5,120 5,098 22 #57 girl name
1973 4,269 4,250 19 #68 girl name
1974 3,977 3,954 23 #76 girl name
1975 3,560 3,542 18 #80 girl name
1976 3,423 3,408 15 #82 girl name
1977 3,665 3,648 17 #80 girl name
1978 3,763 3,746 17 #79 girl name
1979 3,652 3,644 8 #84 girl name
1980 3,871 3,861 10 #82 girl name
1981 3,791 3,777 14 #82 girl name
1982 3,967 3,948 19 #77 girl name
1983 3,944 3,924 20 #72 girl name
1984 4,013 3,988 25 #71 girl name
1985 4,107 4,085 22 #68 girl name
1986 4,146 4,130 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 2,107 2,107 0
1997 1,742 1,742 0
1998 1,737 1,737 0
1999 1,630 1,630 0
2000 1,583 1,583 0
2001 1,337 1,337 0
2002 1,208 1,208 0
2003 1,096 1,096 0
2004 1,001 1,001 0
2005 933 933 0
2006 877 877 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 420 420 0
2015 337 337 0
2016 338 338 0

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Popularity of Kathleen as a first name

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Common last names for Kathleen

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

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kathleen U.S.
  White 93.40% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kathleen

People with the last name Kathleen are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Kathleen

  • How Popular is the name Kathleen? Kathleen is the 77th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kathleen was the 153,769th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kathleen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 712,984 babies born with the first name Kathleen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kathleen 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 Kathleen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 21 new born babies.
  • When was Kathleen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kathleen is Friday, October 22nd, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Kathleen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kathleen was in 1951 with a total of 26,719 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kathleen!
  • Random Kathleen Factoid: According to the 1957 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kathleen ranks 62nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, 400 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1957.
  • Weird things about the name Kathleen: Your name in reverse order is Neelhtak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lhnektea. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kathleen? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 106 people with the last name Kathleen.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kathleen? Kathleen 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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