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Two characters in Emily Brontë's novel Wuthering Heights bear this name. Catherine is a strong-willed girl who falls passionately and cruelly in love with the legendary Heathcliff. The other Catherine is her daughter.
-- Soul  6/29/2005
Famous bearer is Catherine O'Hara; an actress and a comedian from Canada.
-- Tbird  7/1/2005
There is English actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.
-- Anjamon  7/2/2005
Catherine Zeta-Jones is Welsh.
-- ClaireCFC  3/27/2006
Former Texas judge and CourtTV anchor Catherine Crier bears this name.
-- Alena  7/18/2005
I like Catherine much better than Katherine. It seems more refined somehow and is a lot less common, I think.
-- Anonymous User  7/22/2005
Catherine is a good name. I think that it's a good name to name your child especially when you can't think of any other name! It's so much better than Katherine!
-- catgirl19937  9/8/2005
Catherine is a great name!
-- Jorbor103  9/8/2005
Catherine is a sweet, sweet name. It goes back all the way to Catherine The Great, and is very feminine.
-- Anonymous User  9/8/2005
Katherine is cute, but Catherine is classy.
-- Phoenix Flower  10/1/2005
There are several famous women who bear this name. One is St. Catherine of Siena, one of the few female Doctors of the Church.

There is also Catherine the Great of Russia, and three of King Henry VIII of Britain's six wives were named Catherine, Catherine of Aragon, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr.

The heroine of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey is named Catherine Morland.

Catherine Willows is a major character in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

My Confirmation name was Catherine. That tells you I like it, too.
-- Wordsmith14  10/12/2005
Henry VIII was not a King of Britain, but a King of England and Wales, Scotland had it's own monarchy as did Ireland. He only had one wife called Catherine, Catherine Parr. Catherine of Aragon was only called this, she was Spanish. Katherine/Kathryn Howard is known not to have this spelling, but with a K.
-- Anonymous User  2/19/2007
Catherine is an absolutely wonderful and beautiful name, it screams elegance, style, class and taste.
-- DURCANIO  10/31/2005
Catherine makes me think of a woman who is cheerful, attractive and kind.
-- Dogsy  11/20/2005
I'm sorry but I ABSOLUTELY HATE this name. I think that it's too overused and I knew an evil girl who was named this so all around the name is kinda ruined for me!
-- Anonymous User  1/24/2006
My Grandmother's name was Catherine. Her nickname was Kitty. I always refered to her as Nanny Kitty! I feel the name Catherine is strong, bold, caring, and beautiful - which totally described my Grandmother.
-- kilsarcon  2/3/2006
*Catherine* is a lovely, melodic name. It's beautiful and refined, and suitable for any female.
-- Anonymous User  2/7/2006
I like it with this spelling.
-- lindamaree  3/8/2006
The comedian Catherine Tate is a famous bearer. She is the one that goes 'Am a bovered?'
-- ClaireCFC  3/28/2006
Catherine is a beautiful name. There are many nicknames for her to use when she is a child.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2006
I think the name Catherine is very beautiful, feminine, and elegant. It's a classic; the kind of name that never goes out of style. I especially like the nickname Cathy.
-- HoneyLoveShine  5/28/2006
I think that Catherine is a beautiful, timeless name. I like this spelling the best, and I also like the name best in its full form without a nickname.
-- Kelly716  6/4/2006
I think this name is a classic yet trendy, proper yet amusing. VERY CUTE!
-- Sarasponda  8/7/2006
Saint Catherine of Alexandria is a famous bearer of this name.
-- Anonymous User  8/20/2006
In Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," Catherine is the fourth of the Bennet daughers. She is called Kitty.
-- DLB  8/30/2006
I like this name quite a bit, although most of its nicknames don't appeal to me. Cat is a good one, though, and though I've never seen it used, I think Rin or Rinnie would be very cute.
-- nelirosala  9/8/2006
I like this spelling as well. It goes well with most Irish names.
-- Emma McHnery  10/1/2006
I prefer the spelling Katherine over this spelling. I don't know why, I just do. I really like the nickname Kat and prefer spelling Kat with a "K" instead of the nickname Cat.
-- Anonymous User  10/23/2006
Pronounced Cath-Er-in.
-- bellaboo  11/20/2006
There is a novelist named Catherine Coulter.
-- Anonymous User  11/28/2006
My middle name is Katarzyna--the Polish version of Catherine. I prefer the American name, Catherine. Much more smooth sounding. Very pretty. My name sounds like "Cot-R-shjin-uh"--hard to type.
-- Leah302  12/4/2006
Catherine Webb - an author who was published at the age of 14. She is very talented and her fantasy books are beautiful - I'm suprized they are not more popular since the Harry Potter fantasy craze. Titles include Mirror Dreams and The Extraordinary and Unusual Events of Horatio Lyle.
-- Anonymous User  1/23/2007
I really like this name. I think it's very pretty and classic.
-- Anonymous User  3/24/2007
This is my name, and I do have a special like of it, I suppose. It is just a tad difficult when the nickname is "Catie" and everyone spells it "Katie." And also it always sounded like an older woman's name to me.
-- helloello  4/3/2007
I really love this name! It is such a clasical spelling and the meaning I love as well, pure or beloved. I always picture a quiet, sweet girl who is full of life and energy. I also really like the nickname Cat, don't ask me why. I think I would name one of my children this when I have any.
-- blackitten14  4/10/2007
I think Catherine is a beautiful and strong name. The first time I heard this name was in a book with Catherine of Aragon featured in it and since then I've always liked the name.
-- lisa_7  4/11/2007
I've always wished my name was Catherine. It's just so pretty. There's something gothic about it. It reminds me of Catherine in Wuthering Heights.
-- Caerthilly  4/20/2007
I absolutely love this name! It's much better than Katherine and to me looks far more elegant. I would definitely consider this for a future daughter, I think the nickname Cathy is cute and what's more steeped in English literary history.
-- littlescarlett  4/30/2007
My name is Catherine, and I have always thought it sounded so much more pretty in its full version. There are some creative nicknames out there, but I really hate Katie. There's just too many of them. But I do like it when some of my friends call me Rinnie.
-- wappy  5/9/2007
Actually, Catherine is the correct English spelling of this name. In English phonetics, a 'C' should come before an 'A, ' not a 'K.' The 'K' is more likely a foreign or trendy variation of the proper name, Catherine.
-- Nicola17  6/30/2007
I love this spelling of Catherine. I really don't like the spelling Katherine or Katheryn.
-- Emma McHnery  9/4/2007
I think it is a nice name. Katharine is also nice. I would name my daughter Katherine, Katharine, or Catherine.
-- LilyNell  10/18/2007
I LOVE this name! It's tons better than Kathryn, Katherine, Katharine, etc. Great combinations would be Catherine Anne, Catherine Rose, and Catherine Mae. Might I add that actress Cheryl Hines has a three-year-old named Catherine Rose. An awesome nickname would be Kitty, despite the fact that it starts with a C.
-- Anonymous Blogger  11/5/2007
My name is Catherine Meredith, and I love it. It's really common, though, and I'm trying to find a good nickname. I hate Cathy, and like Katie, but it's too common. I was thinking of going for some less traditional Catherine nicknames, like Cassie, Callie.
-- Anonymous User  11/10/2007
In my opinion, this is the best way to spell `Katherine`. It just seems more sophisticated and classy with a C. I despise those `trying too hard` variants of this beautiful name. `Catherine` will always be the true spelling of this name.
-- The Commenter  11/10/2007
Very classic and beautiful.
-- kellybelly33  12/12/2007
This spelling, Catherine, makes me picture a quiet, serious girl with big brown eyes. Katherine and Kathryn, however, are much more dramatic somehow! Catherine is more common in the UK, so it interests me less.
-- aquamarina  2/29/2008
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice has two characters named Catherine. Besides the fourth Bennet sister, there is Lady Catherine de Bourgh, the lady of Rosings Park.
-- Anonymous User  3/15/2008
The good things about this name are that it's one of those fairly elegant and sophisticated names that don't sound ditzy, immature, trashy, stripper-ish, or ghetto. The name will likely work on many different types of women, and you can get many different nicknames out of it, like Kate, Katie, Kath, Cat, and Kitty. It's a safe choice that shouldn't lead to bullying or discrimination. The bad things are that the name is overused and quite a boring choice. The name in its entirety sounds almost elitist and snobby. Many parents have probably hastily saddled this name upon their unwanted child. Either way, this probabsly isn't a name you feel compelled to changing unless you're very eager to be unconventional, and this name is very boring for people who are unconventional.
-- slight night shiver  5/18/2008
There was a Catherin of Aragon. Henry VIII's 1st and longest lasting wife.
-- Akito  5/24/2008
This is a gorgeous name. In fact, it's my favorite spelling of Katherine. I know a Catherine who goes by Rindo or Kitty.
-- GarbageGuy  5/30/2008
I'm sorry but I REALLY HATE this name. This name is overused.
-- rowan826  7/13/2008
I prefer this spelling to 'Katherine', though I like that spelling as well. Catherine is just softer, and more refined than Katherine.
-- _clippit_  7/16/2008
Catherine, usually Cathy, Ames is a character in John Steinbeck's East of Eden. She is completely evil.
-- Anonymous User  8/14/2008
This is my name and I actually really like it, which is luck, as I know a lot of my friends who hate the names their parents gave them. I prefer it with a C, simply because the name Catherine is a strong enough name without adding the extra hardness of a K. The C gives it that extra delicateness and sweetness that is needed in my view.
-- rabdash  8/31/2008
Cate Blanchett was born Catherine Elise Blanchett on 14th May, 1969.
-- Anonymous User  11/11/2008
My name's Catherine I always thought it was a pretty name, too long maybe when I was younger (I went by Rinny then) but a perfectly feminine name. The name also means "the pure one" but they may have already said that. I don't remember.
-- Mistress Catherine  2/1/2009
The heroine in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey is Catherine Morland.
-- ashesofrose  2/28/2009
A lovely classic of a name. It's my neighbour's name but she is always called Cassie. I love the nickname Kitty, used in the eighteenth century.
-- Jonquil  4/21/2009
This is my sister's name. I can't say I love it's sound, but I do think Catherine is much more graceful looking then Katherine, and I also like that it's French. I don't like the name Katie/Catie. My sister spells it Katie, even though it's really with a C because she never liked how Catie looked. Weird, huh? No, but I think it's a good name, I just don't like the name Catie, but I do like Cate.
-- becca_marciano  7/10/2009
I really would wish this name wasn't so common because it's one of my favorites. I like it pronounced Cath-reen.
-- italiannames  9/5/2009
Catherine Bell is the actress who played Major Sarah Mackenzie AKA Mac in the hit tv series JAG.
-- --allison--  11/1/2009
The "hero" of VC Andrews' Dolleganger series is named Catherine Leigh Dollengager/Foxworthy/Sheffield, nicknamed Cathy.
-- Evil  12/19/2009
It is my friend's name, but we all call her Cati for short. I really think the name though is archaic and it should be put down as void. But whatever floats your boat.
-- Annielulu  1/10/2010
This is my name. (But it's spelt Cathryn) I hate this name. It's okay for a pretty, graceful, girly girly. But since I'm none of these the name doesn't suit me so therefore I hate it. I think it spelt Catherine is very princess-y while Katherine doesn't look as much princess-y. (And Cathryn/Kathryn isn't spelt fancy makes it less girly but I still hate it). It's also very popular and it's annoying because there is another Catherine in my year and it drives me mad. The nicknames I have is Cat, Cathy, Cati and Catherina but I try to get everyone to call me by my, self given middle name. (I sort of choose it as my middle name because it's a name I like). So I hate it but that's just me.
-- CattyLoony  5/15/2010
Catherine Pierce is a member of the duo The Pierces.
-- Megan1125  6/29/2010
I never really liked this name until I read Wuthering Heights. I always thought of somebody named Catherine as being generally boring, and something of a goodie-two-shoes. Cathering Earnshaw/Linton (from Wuthering Heights) wasn't like that in the least... so I like it much better now. I would even go so far as to say I love it.
-- thefancyapple  9/14/2010
I think Catherine is a lovely name. Katherine is nice too, but I tend to be more traditional & Catherine seems to be the spelling used more historically.
-- Anonymous User  9/17/2010
I think this name is so beautiful and soft. It might be a little common, but there are a lot of great nicknames for it.
-- Chrila96  10/23/2010
I love this name, and this is my favorite spelling of the name. I just wish I heard the name more without a nickname. Some of the nicknames for Catherine are fine, but the name is so pretty that it doesn't need a nickname, and it would be refreshing to meet an actual Catherine for once--instead of a Cate or a Cathy or a Katie.
-- Anonymous User  1/5/2011
There is a Sacramento metalcore band named Catherine.
-- Anonymous User  1/21/2011
I never really liked this name: I thought it was old and sissy-sounding. Then I read Wuthering Heights, and now, for me, it--and the nickname Cathy--sound appropriate for an intense, spirited girl (maybe even slightly demonic). I love it!
-- Anonymous User  2/12/2011
I love this name! When I hear this name, or see it in print, the first word the comes to my mind is regal. After regal, there's a whole slew of other words- eloquent, graceful, compassionate, and finally strength. I envision the embodiment of feminine strength, a women who walks with her held high, with composure and a self-assured confidence. These are all phenomenal traits which are further compounded by the names rich history. To all those who were graced with this lovely name, don't listen to anyone who bad-mouths your name; hold your head up and tell them that you think it's beautiful and that your name is the name of Queens. By the bye, I've not been using this site long, but has anyone noticed that there are some who not only give there personal impression of names but actually outright trash the names. Everyone's entitled to their own opinions, but there's no need to be spiteful.
-- Denver_Skyline  2/15/2011
I do not like this variation. My name is "Katherine" and I find that "Catherine" is a little boring and too 'soft' and 'delicate'. It may be because the K is harsher and less 'soft' than C, and that's like me.
-- kwfliy  3/16/2011
Famous bearer is Catherine "Kate" Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge.
-- Anonymous User  6/5/2011
I've always had a secret passion for this name. It just sounds mysterious in my opinion.
-- Hushpuppy  8/1/2011
I'm really surprised that so many people like the name Catherine. I personally like it (but I would never hear the end of it from my mother, who hated her mother-in-law, Catherine). I know a little girl named Catherine, and no, she doesn't have nicknames, which is good. So even for an 8 year old, Catherine is timeless.
-- GibsonGirl  8/23/2011
Catherine is simple and basic, but the K versions and other various spellings have more fantasy and adventure in them.
-- Anonymous User  9/3/2011
Can be shortend up to Cat.
-- lakin5  10/17/2011
Catherine Bell is an American actress.
-- Anonymous User  12/12/2011
Catherine Maggie is the daughter of American actor Neal McDonough and his wife Ruve.
-- Anonymous User  1/5/2012
My name is Catherine and I am proud of it. From my experience, people take you seriously when you have this name. I have been complimented on my name, and how classic it is. The name Catherine will never go out of style. It carries a pedigree and a history, has a strong yet feminine sound and spelling. Do your child a favor and give her a name that people will respect. To me, the spelling with the C is softer and more feminine, and also more traditional than the more trendy "K" spelling. Also, it is less likely to get shortened to Kate or Katie.
-- stairwaytoastar  4/20/2012
Catherine of England was one of the daughters of King Charles I of England and his wife Henriette Marie of France.
-- CarolinW  6/8/2012
Catherine was one of the daughters of King Edward IV of England and his wife Elizabeth Woodville. Through her sister Elizabeth she was the aunt of King Henry VIII of England.
-- CarolinW  6/10/2012
Catherine (1401-1438) was the daughter of King Charles VI of France and his wife Isabeau of Bavaria. She was married to King Henry V of England and mother of Henry VI.
-- CarolinW  6/11/2012
Catherine (1352-1353) was the youngest daughter of King John II of France and his second wife Jeanne of Auverge.
-- CarolinW  6/11/2012
Catherine (1378-1388) was the daughter of King Charles V of France and his wife Jeanne of Bourbon.
-- CarolinW  6/11/2012
Catherine (1428-1446) was the daughter of King Charles VII of France and his wife Maria of Anjou.
-- CarolinW  6/11/2012
Catherine (1675-1676) was the oldest daughter of King James II of England and his second wife Mary of Modena.
-- CarolinW  6/18/2012
Catherine (1671-1671) was the youngest daughter of King James II of Great Britain and his first wife Anne Hyde.
-- CarolinW  6/18/2012
Catherine Popper is an American musician.
-- Anonymous User  7/20/2012
My middle name is Catherine. I like this name and I like it with a C not a K. My initials are CCC which I think is cool, but I also think the spelling with a C just looks nicer.
-- Steener122  1/4/2013
I prefer Katherine, because then you can go by Kate or Katie. Plus, it just looks prettier to me.
-- Anonymous User  1/12/2013
My name is Catherine. I do find it refined. However, I feel that it might be too common especially were I'm from (french speaking country).
-- Anonymous User  4/29/2013
My name is Catherine, and I was named for Catherine of Aragon. I don't understand how Catherine is such a popular name. I hardly know anyone named Catherine! And I've actually never met someone with the same spelling. Everyone here pronounces it, Cath-er-in and really makes sure to say 3 syllables. A friend of mine has actually started calling me Caty.
-- cvnevin  7/10/2013
Catherine of Siena is a famous italian saint. She had a very strong character and it was due to her efforts that the pope living in Avignon moved back to his rightful place in Rome. She was extremely gifted with persuasion, kindness, and strength of mind.
-- catmarvin  7/27/2013
This is my name and I love it! I feel like it fits me and I have never regretted that my parents gave me it. For the longest time, I refused to go by a nickname. Now I have given in to my boyfriend who calls me Cathy. I like it. The name gets a lot of compliments.
-- Anonymous User  7/27/2013
My name is Catherine. I used to hate my name, but I've grown into it and now I love it. I've always gone by Catherine, never any nicknames except to very close family members who sometimes call me Cat. I only know a few Catherines or Katherines where I live, so it doesn't seem that common to me. Although I like the nicknames Cate and Cathy (after reading Wuthering Heights :)) I think I'll always go by Catherine. :)
-- razzburies  7/28/2013
Catherine is a great female. Throughout school there was always another girl with the same sounding name but different spelling. I like this spelling better than a K or Y. Some spell it without the silent E.
-- Anonymous User  11/18/2013
Katy Perry (Pop singer) is named Katheryn Hudson. Because Kate Hudson had that name, she changed it to Katy Perry.
-- Anonymous User  11/18/2013
I really like this name! However, the one thing that would stop me ever using it is that there are SO MANY. There are 7 in my school year alone!

I like the nickname Cat best, but Kitty and Cathy are cute. Also like Rinnie!
-- Bee123  2/6/2014
Great name for anyone. Strong and simple, without being too boring or harsh.
-- Hushpuppy  2/19/2014
Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, Baroness d'Aulnoy (1650-1705), better known as Madame d'Aulnoy, was a French author. She is best known for her fairy tales and even created the term fairy tale.
-- Buneary  3/15/2014
Catherine is an action-adventure/puzzle video game developed by the makers of Persona and published by Atlus for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
-- LoveHeartKawaii  9/20/2014

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