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Gah-da-lee Deh-gah-Gwee-tah is the correct pronunciation in the Mohawk language.
mikshell95  4/15/2018
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The K in the Mohawk language is pronounced as a G, instead of a K, the T usually makes a D sound and R as L. The proper pronunciation is Gah-deh-lee. If you're not Mohawk and you're going to give your child a Mohawk name (I won't get into the politics of that), at least pronounce it right.
― Anonymous User  11/5/2016
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The Mohawk form of Catherine. I think the original pronunciation is similar to the French pronunciation of Catherine, but I'm not certain of this.
Kah-tuh-REE.
thesnowwhiterose  1/2/2015
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It's not just from history. I would say that the name is actually moderately popular among American Catholics naming their children for the saint.
thesnowwhiterose  1/2/2015
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My niece works on the Mohawk Reservation in upstate NY. I spoke with her on Sunday, Dec.14, 2014. I mentioned to her about how I have been praying to St. Kateri, where she was from and when she was canonized. She immediately said to me that she knew about her, as it was the reservation's Saint. She corrected my pronunciation. The correct pronunciation is the Native American language pronounced phonetically: Gah - dah - lee.
pal3636  12/16/2014
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Kateri Tekakwitha is no longer Blessed -- she was recently canonized: St. Kateri Tekakwitha. I know several people with this name, and they all pronounce it differently:
-- kah-TEER-ee (I've been to the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville, NY many times, which commemorates St. Kateri [among others], and it does seem that kah-TEER-ee is their preferred pronunciation)
-- KAH-ter-ee
-- kah-TEHR-ee
-- GOD-ah-lee (The parents of the girl with the GOD-ah-lee pronunciation [spelled Kateri] met a Native American woman with this name, who told them that GOD-ah-lee is the authentic Native American pronunciation)

The girls and women I know with this name range in age from newborn to middle-aged.
traleerose  12/15/2012
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My daughter is named this and we pronounce it ka-TEER-ee. When we went to the shrine of Bl. Kateri in Auriesville NY that is how people were saying it, so that is what we stuck with.
kateri17  2/4/2010
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Supposedly means "eye of the sun."
LMS  11/23/2008
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Really? I was thinking that KAT-er-ee would make sense because it's kind of like Katherine.
― Anonymous User  6/30/2008
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I have a cousin with this name and she pronounces it Kuh-terry.
jazzbunnie  11/13/2007
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What is that, four different pronunciations of Kateri - and none of them particularly similar to mine? I nearly had her as my confirmation saint (I am fully aware she isn't actually a saint), and was thinking it was more like "kuh-terry", with an emphasis on the 'ter'.
aqualime  11/1/2007
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I only like this name becasue it's close to one of my personal favorites: Katari. I pronounce it ka-TAR-ie.
stormy_lovegood  2/18/2007
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The only Kateri I've ever known pronounced her name like KAY-ter-ee.
NurseMom75  11/10/2006
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I've only heard Kateri pronounced kuh-TEAR-ee.
ekatz7  8/2/2006
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From what I've found out online, the proper Mohawk pronunciation of this name is gah-dah-LEE.
Randee15  4/27/2006

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