Kathryn

First Name
452k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
<100
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kathryn

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

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  1. A female given name, a spelling variant of Catherine.
  2. A city/village in North Dakota.

Notable Persons Named Kathryn

Bridget Moynahan is an actor, model (people), actress, and model. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1989 to present. Bridget was given the name Kathryn Bridget Moynahan on September 21st, 1972 in Binghamton, New York, U.S.

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Kathryn Hahn is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to present. Kathryn was born on July 23rd, 1973 in Westchester, Illinois, U.S.

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Katee Sackhoff is an actress. She has been prominent since 1998. Katee was given the name Kathryn Ann Sackhoff on April 8th, 1980 in Portland, Oregon, U.S.

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Felicia Day is an actress, producer, singer, and writer. Her ongoing career started in 2001. Felicia was given the name Kathryn Felicia Day in Huntsville, Alabama, United States.

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Kathryn Bigelow is a director, producer, and writer. She was most prominent from 1978 to present. Kathryn was given the name Kathryn Ann Bigelow on November 27th, 1951 in San Carlos, California, U.S.

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Kathie Lee Gifford is a tv presenter, talk show host, actress, singer-songwriter, and actor. She has had major accomplishments since 1970. Kathie was given the name Kathryn Lee Epstein on August 16th, 1953 in Paris.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 204 204 0
1881 218 218 0 #98 girl name
1882 272 272 0 #95 girl name
1883 290 290 0 #93 girl name
1884 344 344 0 #87 girl name
1885 320 320 0 #92 girl name
1886 383 383 0 #89 girl name
1887 384 384 0 #87 girl name
1888 446 446 0 #92 girl name
1889 415 415 0 #95 girl name
1890 474 474 0 #91 girl name
1891 504 504 0 #87 girl name
1892 549 549 0 #88 girl name
1893 534 534 0 #91 girl name
1894 520 520 0 #96 girl name
1895 585 585 0 #90 girl name
1896 625 625 0 #88 girl name
1897 570 570 0 #93 girl name
1898 678 671 7 #89 girl name
1899 621 621 0 #87 girl name
1900 721 721 0 #93 girl name
1901 620 620 0 #90 girl name
1902 717 717 0 #88 girl name
1903 729 729 0 #86 girl name
1904 787 787 0 #83 girl name
1905 788 788 0 #86 girl name
1906 911 911 0 #79 girl name
1907 864 864 0 #88 girl name
1908 1,058 1,058 0 #77 girl name
1909 1,138 1,138 0 #74 girl name
1910 1,198 1,198 0 #80 girl name
1911 1,397 1,397 0 #73 girl name
1912 1,905 1,905 0 #71 girl name
1913 2,252 2,246 6 #66 girl name
1914 2,901 2,901 0 #63 girl name
1915 3,788 3,778 10 #60 girl name
1916 3,933 3,933 0 #60 girl name
1917 3,994 3,984 10 #60 girl name
1918 4,078 4,068 10 #63 girl name
1919 3,835 3,826 9 #66 girl name
1920 4,093 4,082 11 #67 girl name
1921 4,210 4,201 9 #64 girl name
1922 3,799 3,792 7 #73 girl name
1923 3,720 3,714 6 #72 girl name
1924 3,605 3,598 7 #81 girl name
1925 3,268 3,263 5 #88 girl name
1926 3,104 3,094 10 #87 girl name
1927 2,942 2,934 8 #90 girl name
1928 2,686 2,680 6 #98 girl name
1929 2,441 2,433 8
1930 2,529 2,515 14
1931 2,211 2,203 8
1932 2,274 2,262 12
1933 2,129 2,120 9
1934 2,267 2,259 8
1935 2,138 2,127 11
1936 2,120 2,110 10
1937 2,336 2,326 10
1938 2,282 2,282 0
1939 2,385 2,378 7
1940 2,450 2,439 11
1941 2,876 2,868 8 #87 girl name
1942 3,361 3,351 10 #82 girl name
1943 3,660 3,646 14 #75 girl name
1944 3,864 3,855 9 #68 girl name
1945 3,987 3,972 15 #65 girl name
1946 5,004 4,998 6 #63 girl name
1947 6,101 6,092 9 #55 girl name
1948 6,184 6,176 8 #54 girl name
1949 7,196 7,184 12 #52 girl name
1950 7,870 7,864 6 #46 girl name
1951 8,472 8,461 11 #45 girl name
1952 8,516 8,503 13 #48 girl name
1953 8,334 8,321 13 #48 girl name
1954 8,147 8,139 8 #51 girl name
1955 7,658 7,644 14 #59 girl name
1956 7,602 7,589 13 #60 girl name
1957 7,223 7,205 18 #65 girl name
1958 7,344 7,328 16 #58 girl name
1959 6,761 6,743 18 #69 girl name
1960 5,884 5,868 16 #82 girl name
1961 5,241 5,227 14 #93 girl name
1962 5,126 5,108 18 #88 girl name
1963 4,717 4,702 15 #93 girl name
1964 4,947 4,923 24 #84 girl name
1965 4,169 4,159 10 #87 girl name
1966 4,021 4,007 14 #86 girl name
1967 3,693 3,693 0 #92 girl name
1968 3,571 3,558 13 #100 girl name
1969 3,618 3,618 0
1970 3,729 3,718 11
1971 3,428 3,419 9
1972 3,143 3,127 16
1973 2,890 2,882 8
1974 2,998 2,992 6 #98 girl name
1975 2,957 2,948 9 #99 girl name
1976 3,273 3,261 12 #88 girl name
1977 3,979 3,966 13 #70 girl name
1978 4,831 4,809 22 #57 girl name
1979 5,334 5,312 22 #50 girl name
1980 5,553 5,528 25 #50 girl name
1981 5,841 5,822 19 #48 girl name
1982 6,312 6,284 28 #48 girl name
1983 6,403 6,370 33 #50 girl name
1984 6,566 6,540 26 #48 girl name
1985 6,661 6,632 29 #48 girl name
1986 6,426 6,392 34 #48 girl name
1987 6,264 6,238 26 #51 girl name
1988 6,362 6,338 24 #55 girl name
1989 6,333 6,295 38 #58 girl name
1990 6,359 6,352 7 #57 girl name
1991 5,843 5,831 12 #57 girl name
1992 5,696 5,686 10 #60 girl name
1993 5,097 5,089 8 #68 girl name
1994 4,621 4,615 6 #79 girl name
1995 4,337 4,330 7 #83 girl name
1996 4,101 4,101 0 #87 girl name
1997 3,881 3,873 8 #86 girl name
1998 3,702 3,702 0 #90 girl name
1999 3,583 3,583 0 #91 girl name
2000 3,641 3,641 0 #89 girl name
2001 3,335 3,329 6 #97 girl name
2002 3,111 3,105 6
2003 2,945 2,945 0
2004 2,771 2,753 18
2005 2,577 2,571 6
2006 2,422 2,417 5
2007 2,216 2,211 5
2008 1,781 1,781 0
2009 1,522 1,516 6
2010 1,365 1,365 0
2011 1,335 1,335 0
2012 1,228 1,228 0
2013 1,180 1,180 0
2014 1,113 1,113 0
2015 1,016 1,016 0
2016 832 832 0
2017 744 744 0

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Popularity of Kathryn as a first name

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Common last names for Kathryn

  • Smith
  • Miller
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Martin
  • Clark
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • Hall
  • Thomas
  • Murphy
  • King
  • Young

Fun Facts about the name Kathryn

  • What name lists does Kathryn rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Kathryn? Kathryn is the 143rd most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Kathryn have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 452,323 babies born with the first name Kathryn in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kathryn to occupy the country of Brunei with an estimated population of 422,700 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kathryn? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 204 new born babies.
  • When was Kathryn first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kathryn is Wednesday, March 20th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Kathryn born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kathryn was in 1952 with a total of 8,503 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kathryn!
  • Random Kathryn Factoid: According to the 1972 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kathryn ranks 75th in popularity as a baby girl's name in New Hampshire. Imagine that, 17 babies in New Hampshire have the same name as you in 1972.
  • Weird things about the name Kathryn: Your name in reverse order is Nyrhtak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Anrykth. How do you pronounce that?

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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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