The Meaning of Catherine
Everything about Catherine
Hi! I'm Catherine Taylor, also known as Cat or Othercat or CJ or sometimes even Cath. In fact, I hardly ever get called by my given name. To be honest, I never liked my name. I was a tomboy and Catherine is too girly a name for a tomboy. I've gotten so used to nicknames, I don't even turn my head if someone near me says Catherine. I just assume they're talking to someone else.
Recently, I started delving into my family's history. I found out I come from a long line of Catherine's. If my research is correct, I'm the 6th Catherine in my family, and that's just in the last 100 years!
I figured there had to be a reason so many of had this name so I started researching the name Catherine. I was surprised to find it dates back to the time when Greek Gods ruled. I was also surprised to find that Catherine is a very popular name for royalty. I was surprised by a lot of my research and I think you will be too.
In the US, there are 583,219 people named Catherine.
99% of them are women.
How about you?
The Meaning of Catherine
The Many Origins of Catherine
Nobody really knows the true origin of the name Catherine, but that hasn't stopped people from giving their best guess. We know it's derived from a Greek name, but there are questions as to which one. The most likely names are down below. Feel free to click through and explore their meanings.
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Nicknames for Catherine
As a child, my Grandpa used to lovingly call me his Katydid. I always thought it was a type of flower.
Nope. It's a bug!
Famous Women Named Catherine
Catherine is a historical name dating back many centuries. Famous women named Catherine include members of royalty, saints, actresses, writers, members of government, athletes, astronauts, inventors and even Miss America contestants. I've chosen 9 of those famous women to feature here. Do you recognize them? Click each one for more information.
Photo Credits can be found here.
This Catherine has a beautiful voice!
Catherine Feeney is one of my favorite singers. Her songs are honest and written with feeling. Plus she has an amazing voice. Listen for yourself!
Even the moon is named Catherine
Well, maybe not the whole moon.
And it's a actually a different version of the name Catherine.
Meet Catharina! A 100km wide crater located on the southern highlands of the moon.
Fictional Characters named Catherine
Catherine is such a great name, even authors and screen-play writers can't help but to use it. Many fictional characters in books, movies and tv shows are named Catherine. If you know of one, add it to this list!
Catherine in Chinese
Let's go to Catherine, Alabama - Population 22
Are you a Catherinette?
On November 25, all the catherinette's are invited to create a special hat, attend a fancy ball and then place their hat on a St. Catherine of Alexandria statue.
So what's a catherinette?
Any woman still unmarried at the age of 25.
Go ahead! Try it!
Something happened while writing this lens...
I fell in love with my name!
I realized that Catherine is actually a strong beautiful name.
It's a name to be proud of!
Catherine Zeta-Jones: Artist: John Harrison.
Catherine The Great: Louis Caravaque
Catherine of Aragon: Lucas Hornebolte
Saint Catherine of Siena: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Catherine de' Medici: FranÃ§ois Clouet
Katherine Heigl: Artist: Luke Ford
Catherine Middleton: Artist: Pat Pilon
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Catherine Bell: Linda D. Kozaryn
Katydid: Ettore Balocchi
Finger Spelling: Cwterp
Names aren't something that parents choose on a whim. Most are pondered and studied and worried about for months before the right one is chosen. Some people name their children after someone famous. Some use a family name. Some choose a name because it's popular at that time.
I'll start things rolling with my own story. My parents didn't even name me. When my Mom went into labor, absolutely nothing went right. Long story short, my parents and 4 year old sister, Lisa, ended up in an abandoned building somewhere outside Cambridge. My Dad delivered me and then handed me to my sister so he could take care of my Mom. I can just imagine my sister sitting there holding me, feeling awe because she finally got to meet the baby in her Mommy's belly. As she sat there holding me, she must have been thinking of the two people she missed most, our Great Grandma Catherine and our Grandma Joyce (called Grandma JoJo) because when she handed me back to our Dad, she informed him that my name was Catherine Jo.
So that's my story. What's yours?