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Kathleen

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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 2,585 2,585 0
1920 3,156 3,156 0 #91 girl name
1921 3,425 3,420 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 3,514 3,503 11 #81 girl name
1926 3,282 3,277 5 #83 girl name
1927 3,273 3,264 9 #83 girl name
1928 3,167 3,152 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 3,136 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 18,792 18,759 33 #16 girl name
1947 22,145 22,097 48 #11 girl name
1948 23,294 23,256 38 #10 girl name
1949 26,408 26,352 56 #9 girl name
1950 25,746 25,706 40 #10 girl name
1951 26,742 26,709 33 #10 girl name
1952 25,808 25,769 39 #11 girl name
1953 23,759 23,724 35 #14 girl name
1954 22,497 22,456 41 #14 girl name
1955 22,037 22,004 33 #17 girl name
1956 21,409 21,369 40 #17 girl name
1957 19,777 19,741 36 #21 girl name
1958 19,250 19,200 50 #21 girl name
1959 17,670 17,622 48 #23 girl name
1960 16,121 16,089 32 #27 girl name
1961 15,418 15,391 27 #29 girl name
1962 14,216 14,186 30 #29 girl name
1963 13,577 13,549 28 #28 girl name
1964 13,260 13,232 28 #30 girl name
1965 11,815 11,782 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 6,173 6,156 17 #53 girl name
1972 5,123 5,101 22 #57 girl name
1973 4,271 4,252 19 #68 girl name
1974 3,978 3,955 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 3,943 3,923 20 #72 girl name
1984 4,013 3,988 25 #71 girl name
1985 4,106 4,084 22 #68 girl name
1986 4,144 4,128 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 2,431 2,431 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 419 419 0
2015 336 336 0

Fun Facts about the name Kathleen

  • How many people with the first name Kathleen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 712,640 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 26,709 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 20th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Utah. Imagine that, 105 babies in Utah 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 Ealnkhte. 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.

Where is the name Kathleen popular?

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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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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.

Wiktionary

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

  1. A female given name.

Notable Persons With the Name Kathleen

Kathy Griffin

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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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates is a noteworthy individual. 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

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

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

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 of Hartington Kathleen Cavendish

Marchioness of Hartington Kathleen Cavendish was a famed human. 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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  • Kathleen Hanna
    (musician)
  • Kathleen Kennedy
    (president of lucasfilm)
  • Kathleen Quinlan
    (actress)
  • Kathleen Robertson
    (famed human)
  • Kathy Hilton
    (actress)
  • Kathleen Wynne
    (Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party)
  • Kathy Ireland
    (model)
  • Kathleen Sebelius
    (21st United States Secretary of Health)
  • Kathleen Rubins
    (notable human)
  • Kathy Garver
    (actress)
  • Kathy Etchingham
    (author)
  • Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
    (6th Lieutenant Governor of Maryland)
  • Kat DeLuna
    (singer)
  • Katy B
    (singer)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Kathleen

Kat Richardson

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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What does the name Kathleen mean?

Kis for kindle, the warmth in others.

Ais for adventure, take a new one today

Tis for try, as hard as you can

His for humble, a saintly quality.

Lis for love, your love of life!

Eis for electric, a sparkling trait!

Eis for enamoured, forever will your children be with you

Nis for normal, step outside of the box!

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Sources: 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). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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