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Subject: Re: Question on Catherine
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: March 12, 2010 at 5:50:55 AM
Reply to: Re: Question on Catherine by Anneza
I think it actually makes sense to describe the Western European forms of Catherine/Katherine as historically being a blend between the original Aikaterine and the word katharos meaning "pure".

If the confusion with the word had never developed, would we have lost the first syllable and added the "h"? I think that's unlikely, so it seems to me as if the katharos confusion is actually part of the etymology of the modern Western forms.

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