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The name Katarina was also the name of the last Queen of Bosnia, Queen Katarina Vukcic-Kosaca. She was the wife of the next to the last king of Bosnia. She's buried in Rome and highly revered by Bosnian people.
-- katja_sobieski  1/22/2005
I think it does relate to the word pure. Think about the Cathars (sect of Christians) or catharsis. I like this meaning.
-- katalin  2/11/2005
The usage of this name is not common in my area, although is not rare. My nicknames used are Katja, Kaia, Kate, and Kaj. Mostly Katja :D
I most like to be called by my pet name, Violet.
-- pemba1990  3/21/2005
A friend of mine gets a couple of other nicknames from Katharine. Hers are Kata/Katta and Katty (Like Katie, but with the a pronounced short.)
-- RebeccaRamsay  3/26/2005
On the three wives of King Henry's six, the "group biographies" I've read vary in their use of "Katherine" vs. "Catherine." The one who went into specifics as to why used:
- C for Catherine of Aragon, first wife (closer to Spanish Catalina)
- C for Catherine Parr, last wife (possibly named for above Catherine)
- K for Katherine Howard, who was wife #5, to keep her distinct from C. Parr.
-- AnnaClaire  4/15/2005
I think this name means beautiful, nice, caring and funny.
-- Anonymous User  5/17/2005
More on the use of this among Henry's queens:
I see Catherine more often of Catherine of Aragon, since she was originally "Catalina".
I see Kathryn Howard more commonly for the fifth wife.
And for Katherine Parr, I usually see this spelling with the K, a more English spelling than Catherine, which is partially French.
-- lala  5/27/2005
I really hate this name! If you read the meaning then you will see that all girls that have this name are not nice people. In fact I feel sorry for anyone that has to be around them.
-- Anonymous User  6/3/2005
I disagree with the person who said all girls named Katherine are not nice. I do not believe in stereotyping people based on their names. Names are about what you make them into. It is not fair to judge a person before meeting them, and it is sad to me that you have had so many run-ins with Katherines who you disliked that you cannot imagine kind women and girls with this beautiful name.
-- Anonymous User  3/19/2009
This name has a meaning that takes a little interpretation:
It says in the description that it COULD be related to something about 'torture.' Consecration means 'To make a solemn commitment of your life or time to some cherished purpose (e.g. service or goal)."My consecration of your name," can be interpreted as to make a commitment to serve God. I think this a a good meaning or an interpretation of it. I have a best friend with this name, except she spells it K-a-t-h-r-y-n, and she isn't mean. She's nice, caring, funny, pretty, has a great personality and is true.
-- Tbird  7/14/2005
I have found many nicknames from this name including: Kate, Katie, Katt, Kitty and the one I never use being Kathy. I, and other Katharines at my school, prefer Katt being the Swedish form of Cat.
-- klatukatt  8/11/2005
This is my name and I hate it! When someone at my school asks for Katherine or Katie or Kate, you get about 50 "yes?"s. Maybe it's just my age group, but I strongly advise against using really popular names.
-- arrowhead909  8/20/2005
Katherine is such an absolute classic! It's timelessly regal and beautiful and will never go out of style. I love it.
-- tmarie  9/26/2005
Has anyone here seen the movie "Anne of Avonlea"? In one scene, Anne meets a woman whose name is written on a nearby chalkboard as "Katherine." Anne remarks, "I'm so glad you spell your name with a K; a C always looks so smug." Without a word, the woman walks over to the board, erases the K, and replaces it with a C. Poor Anne! How embarrassing!
-- Phoenix Flower  10/1/2005
We Katherines are stuborn, violent, and horid procrastinators. We absolutely HATE it when someone else has our name, pronounces it wrong, uses it in public, uses the wrong nickname, or anything of the sort. We do have soft sides - but they are well hidden! A Katherine is one that gives meaning to the phrase "With friends like these, who needs enemies?"
-- psyco_kitten  10/5/2005
Love the name. Hate the nickname (Katie, Kate, etc). I would go by just Katherine. It's my middle name.
-- renny  10/29/2005
Actually, in Tudor family history, there were a number of Katherines. The spelling has been debated some, though.

1. Catherine/Katherine/Katharine of Aragon - (born Catalina) Henry VIII's first wife; mother of Mary I
2. Catherine/Kathryn Howard - fifth wife of Henry VIII; only Katherine to be beheaded
3. Catherine/Katharine/Katherine Parr - final wife of Henry VIII; present wife at the time of his death
4. Catherine/Katharine Grey - granddaughter of Henry VIII's younger sister Mary; sister to Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for just nine days; Countess of Hertford
5. Catherine Carey/Tudor/Boleyn (I don't know which it is) - daughter of Mary Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's elder sister; She was the daughter of Mary Boleyn and either William Carey, her first husband, or Henry VIII (Mary was his mistress before Anne was)
6. Katherine/Catherine "Kat" Ashley - governess to Elizabeth I as a child and Woman-of-the-Bedchamber when Elizabeth I became queen
7. Catherine Willoughby - last wife of Charles Brandon; lady-in-waiting to Katherine/Catherine/Katharine Parr; Duchess of Suffolk

Another one of that period is:
Catherine de Medici - Queen of France; wife of Henry II of France; mother of Kings Francis II, Charles IX, and Henry III of France
-- AndrewJKD  10/31/2005
I love my name. There's TONS of variations to it, and it even has room to make up new ones. My friends all started referring to me as "Kazz".
-- splinky311  11/17/2005
Katherine is an okay name all in all. All my friends tease me because of it and because it means 'pure' and I'm really morbid and stuff. It has tons of nicknames which is cool because if I ever get tired of Katherine I get people to call me Kate or Katie or Kat. In my grade there are tons of Katherine’s but three of us have names that all end in W and in pretty much the same classes (teachers call us by our last names). Anyone who generalizes the name probably hasn’t met all that many Katherine’s because our name is ridiculously popular and we can’t all be the same can we?
-- shadow.of.a.dream  11/24/2005
This name is quite lovely. I just prefer Katharine.
-- mariej2  12/16/2005
Though Catherine is used in both English and French, for English language I prefer Katherine. I find Catherine better for French.
-- alberto  1/8/2006
This name is ok, but I think Catherine is better. It seems more traditional and I'm more familiar with it. I think it's softer as well.
-- Dogsy  2/20/2006
This is my name and I go by Katy. I like the name, but it always seems too old for me, like I'm an old lady or something. No offense, I've just gone by Katy so long (since I was born) that Katherine just doesn't fit. And to whoever said how mean Katherines are, how in the world can you stereotype a name?
-- Anonymous User  3/4/2006
I love this name! Well, I would, considerering it's mine. I have about fifteen nicknames, it's amazing what people can think up.
-- kittyjones  3/30/2006
My name is Katherine, and I was named after Katharine Hepburn. (Yes I know, different spelling! But it's the thought that counts! Very cool lady.) Anyhoo, my nickname has always been Katie--never Kate! If you've seen the second Anne of Green Gables movie, you'd know she likes Katherine with a K instead of with a C. She said it's more alluring. ;) Haha and I happen to be a very nice person. So the "torture" meaning kind of refers to my liking for violent things like CSI, big swords, and a fascination with medieval torture chambers! Teehee.
-- canuckflame  4/23/2006
This is my name, and I love it. I never, ever go by nicknames (they really don't seem to fit me), and there is only one person who ever gave me a variation that stuck. So I suppose I do have a nickname... Anyways, I would like to add that I'm not a mean person, and my name is Katherine. So, if what "they" say is true about Katherines being violent and mean, well I'd like to say that I'm a rebel! :-)
-- Anonymous User  5/3/2006
I think Katherine is a very classic name even though everybody thinks it won't ever go out of date you have to think about the future. I mean how many Katherine's are you going to see in the year 2010. Laura is a much better name. That's the name I'm going to give my daughter. That name will never go out of style.
-- kikiola  6/1/2006
Katherine of Alexandria was one of Joan of Arc's voices.
-- prisca  6/9/2006
Famous bearer is Katherine McPhee of American Idol.
-- Gianna  6/14/2006
McPhee's name was spelt Katharine, not Katherine.
-- CharlieRob  5/5/2007
Famous bearer: Katherine Lee Bates, who penned the poem "America, the Beautiful."
-- Anonymous User  7/10/2006
The spelling of "Katherine" should be "Katherine" not "Katharine", "Kathryn", "Kathrin", "Catherine", "Catharine", "Cathryn", or "Cathrin". Just KATHERINE!

I think that the nicknames that come with the name Katherine are great! But there are too many Katies. I personally like the nickname Kae or Kay.
-- Anonymous User  7/13/2006
A famous bearer of this name is American film, theater, and TV actress Katherine Marie Helmond (born July 5, 1928). Among other roles, she starred as Mona Robinson in the sitcom "Who's the Boss?" (1984-1992) and as Debra Barone's mother, Lois, in "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996-2005).
-- AndrewJKD  7/23/2006
A famous bearer of this name is Saint Catherine who was killed by a spiked wheel.
-- emiliana94  8/4/2006
Canadian actress Katie Stuart´s whole name is Katherine Anne.
-- Maggie_Simpson  8/12/2006
Katie Cassidy daughter of the famous singer/actor David Cassidy's full name is Katherine Evelyn Anita Cassidy.
-- jmacsgurl1991  8/13/2006
I prefer the spelling Katherine or Catherine. I'm not a big fan of alternative spellings.
-- Emma McHnery  8/31/2006
The second-youngest Bennet sister in 'Pride and Prejudice' is named Katherine, but she is called Kitty.
-- Anonymous User  9/6/2006
Actually, Kitty is a diminutive of Katherine. It is like Karen, and Kate. It is based on the original name, Katherine.
-- Emma McHnery  9/7/2006
Kitty Bennet's name is Catherine, not Katherine.
-- Kate  8/22/2007
Katherine Marie Heigl is a famous bearer (Grey's anatomy, Roswell). I think it's a wonderful classic name.
-- Anonymous User  10/14/2006
Katherine is a beautiful elegant regal name. I prefer this spelling and like the nicknames Kat, Kate and Katie.
-- Anonymous User  10/23/2006
Another pretty but overused name. There are ten Katherine/Catherine/Kathryn's in my class!
-- Anonymous User  10/29/2006
Katherine 'Kate' Austen from ABC's hit tv show LOST is played by Evangeline Lily.
-- caity-bear915  12/10/2006
My name is Katherine and I used to hate it when I was younger but I now love it. I have only ever had one nickname which is Baff/Baffy. Woo Hoo for the Katherines of the world!
-- baffy  12/20/2006
Well here in England I don't know a single Katherine or Catherine. I know a Katie though. Maybe that's just my area. I don't know any Jennifers either. Tonnes of Megans, Priyas (British-Indian community), Jasmines and Karens though. Personally I like the name, though a little old fashioned.
-- Anonymous User  1/26/2007
I was told these were all nicknames for Katherine: Kate, Kathy, Katie, Katy, Kaity, Katee, Kaytee, Kit, Kitty, Katty, Kat, Erin, Trina, Katrina, Kay, Kae, Kaye, Kara, Karrie, Kath, and Kayte. Since there are so many nicknames for Katherine, it's a nice name to give your child because they will have a lot of choices with what they want to be called. The most common nicknames are Kate and Katie (now) but many years ago Kathy was much more popular for a nickname for Katherine.

Katherine is also a nice middle name. I know a lot of girls who have the middle name Katherine, it just works; Olivia Katherine, Mary Katherine, Jane Katherine, Maggie Katherine, Hannah Katherine, Anna Katherine, Isabella Katherine, Andrea Katherine. And it goes on! It fits with everything!

I think Katherine is much nicer than Catherine. The only reason I see to name your child Catherine instead of Katherie is if you are from France or you are French. K looks so much better on a monogram than C. It's also cuter, and if you spell it Katherine, the nickname will be Kate and not Cate. Everyone spells your name wrong if you say your name is Kate. They just assume its spelled with a K.
-- Anonymous User  2/16/2007
I think it's a really pretty name, but I also think it's okay for older adults.
-- x3ThatGurlAmberx3  3/25/2007
I like this name. It is very pretty. It is one of those names that work well on both kids and adults.
-- CharlieRob  5/9/2007
This is my name and I really like it. Though I do sometimes find it annoying that there are so many different spellings, I've had to correct quite a few people on how I spell it (Katherine). Most of the time I don't mind this because it makes the name different, even if it's pronounced the same. I also like that there are so many nickname options, there are so many you can go by what suits you best, not just one shortened version.
-- katherine grace  5/21/2007
My real name is Kate and I always wished that my name was Katherine, because it seems much more sophicated and older woman sounding. Also I sometimes want to tell people that my real name is Katherine. Considering the fact so many girls named Katherine go by Kate why not, haha?
-- Look_At_The_Stars  5/27/2007
There was a Greek god named Hekateros. (http://www.theoi.com/Georgikos/Hekateros.html) He was the god of some specific dances. His name may derive from the Greek word hekateros meaning 'each of two' or 'with both hands;' or alternately from the words heka 'hundred' and teras 'wonder,' and refer to the hundred skillful fingers of his ten sons and daughters. His five daughters were the Hekaterides, the 'hundred wonders.' (http://www.theoi.com/Nymphe/NymphaiHekaterides.html) Their name suggests a close connection with Hekate. Her name means 'she who works from afar.' (http://www.theoi.com/Khthonios/Hekate.html)

If Hekate, Hekateros, Hekaterides all come from the same root (which certainly looks plausible), it eludes me as to how the disparate meanings 'each of two,' 'hundred wonders,' and 'worker from afar' are related.
-- earthnut  6/3/2007
I don't like this spelling of Katherine. K sounds too harsh. If I was to call my child by this name, it would be Cathryn, definitely more feminine.
-- Honeyrose  7/24/2007
Look, I personally feel that just because we have the name Katherine it doesn't mean that we are all one thing or another. My name is Kate, there are a lot of us out there, I didn't know the meaning of my name until I was 12, does that mean I'm pure? No. Does that mean we are all evil? No. The name doesn't make the person, the person makes the name and not all people are the same. So for anyone who watched 'Lizze McGuire' or whatever, and hated the character Kate, let it go. I had a friend named named Jessica, who stabbed me in the back, my current friend named Jessica would never do that, meanings don't make the person. If I had to make a meaning for Katherine it would be Courage. Because it seems we've got to be pretty brave in a world were so many people hate our name, and make assumptions about us based on it.
-- Anonymous User  7/27/2007
Beautiful name, though it's possible meanings are rather dark. I wouldn't name my daughter like this.
-- Anonymous User  8/5/2007
Katherine Swynford was the mistress and later the wife of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster, in the fourteenth century. She was the mother of four of his children and was very important to English history, being the ancestress of Edward IV, Richard III, Henry VII, and indeed the present day British royal family. She's the subject of "Katherine" by Anya Seton, considered one of the best historical novels of all time.
-- queenv  9/22/2007
A person well worth mentioning is Katherine de Roet, later Lady Katherine Swnford, later still Lady Katherine John the Duke of Lancaster's wife. She lived in the 13 and 14 hundreds. She was an amazing woman and I will love the name forever!
-- Jeremiah2911  11/19/2008
I love this name, it is so classy and elegant. You can't go wrong with this name.
-- ZoeAliza  10/14/2007
I strongly dislike this spelling! Kathryn is much more... oh I don't know.
-- Anonymous User  10/23/2007
My name on my birth certificate is Katherine April Rose but I've always been Katie, and always hated the start of school years with new teachers and when they would call out the class list they would say Katherine and I had to correct them. I know it's petty, but I don't think I would answer to Katherine, for now, it's too formal. I still love the name though!
-- kkkatieee  11/25/2007
I had no idea that the meaning of Katherine et al was so debated! I had always read that it meant "Pure", plain and simple. I rather like that it could have so many other meanings. Although the "torture" one is a little dark.
-- New_Chloe  12/28/2007
I'm from Britain and most people I know spell it "Catherine".
-- Anonymous User  2/23/2008
My name is spelled differently (K-a-t-h-r-y-n) but "related to Greek áéêéá (aikia) "torture";"? My friend will get a real kick out of that when I tell him!

But my other impressions. Well, I like this spelling of the name as well. For some reason, it justs gives off a more playful vibe than my spelling does.

But I hate how overused this name is. In fact, I have a friend with this name. Whenever people say "Katie" we get confused as to which one.
-- FangzV  4/10/2008
It bothers me how some people hate my name. It's a crazy fun name to have. You can anagram it too, in addition to all the nicknames (I'm Nick Heart to my friends, don't ask my friends are crazy). And all the Katherines I know are super nice (excluding me of coarse).
-- KitKatNick  5/4/2008
Stating again how beautiful of a name this is, I also like it shortened to Kate. Whoever it was that posted something about all the people in the Tudor line with this name, they should know that they are all descendant from Katherine Swnford!
Also, whoever it was that also talked about Katherine Swnford, and the book by Anya Seton, it is the honest to goodness truth, that you will love the name if you read the book! It is an amazing name so go read the book and you will love the name too!
-- Jeremiah2911  11/19/2008
Whenever I hear this name I think of wealth, power and elegance. And that's not just because a lot of British queens have been called Katherine. I know a girl called Katherine and she is very elegant, powerful and quite wealthy.
-- Devilqueen  12/2/2008
This name is all right as far as sound, but I have nice connotations with it. There is a girl named Katie in my class who is tall and funny with a deep voice and she goes by Katie, so that's what the name makes me think of. And this may sound totally crazy, but I really love the way it looks in Braille!
-- a_lovers_charm  1/9/2009
In the late 1800s this was also used as a boy's name.
-- emmiix3  3/26/2009
My birth name is Katherine, but I have always gone by Katie, and probably always will. I can relate to the early comment about always having to correct teachers on the first day of school! Although this is a fine name that works for some people, it does not suit me at all, and I really don't like it! I have been giving serious thought to legally changing my name to just Katie - a (nick)name that I love!
-- KillYourEgo  6/22/2009
This is my favorite spelling of the name, all other versions seem less regal. My nickname is Kat.
-- xDante  7/30/2009
Katherine Jackson is the mother of the Jackson siblings, including the recently deceased Michael Jackson.
-- bananarama  9/3/2009
Katherine Swynford lived in the 14th Century. She was extremely important to England's history as although she was born a commoner, she became the ancestor of the royal Tudor line and the greatest Kings and Queens of England. Her story is told in Anya Seton's book 'Katherine'.
-- emerald_fleurdelis  11/25/2009
Good name. A variation of my name. I always heard that it meant pure. I like that my parents gave me a good, classic name. :)

I recommend this name to people who'd use it - even if I hate it when people have my name! ;)
-- Katrine  12/28/2009
I think this name suits all ages. Also when I hear this name I think of Katherine Jackson (Michael Jackson's mother) which is good thing as she seems like a really nice lady.
-- starz26  4/17/2010
The best name in the world! Ok, I'm biased, it's mine. But I love it, you can do so much with it, so it's like giving your kid freedom to choose what suits them best. (Though my parents say they actually named me and all my siblings classic saints names in the hope we'd turn out ok! Jeez) I'm Katherine on my birth cert, was Katy as a tiny tot, Katie as an adolescent... but since I could really choose, out of all the permutations it has been Kate (unless you wanna dead arm and a filthy look ha ha). Maybe one day I'll graduate to my regal Katherine, when I feel old and stately or something.
-- Anonymous User  8/23/2010
Katherine is a lovely, classically beautiful name. I can't decide if I like the spelling Catherine or Katherine more. I know a woman who's name is spelled Katherine, but she pronounces it "Kathreen." Where I live the name is usually pronounced "Katheryn" or "Kathryn" & I hate it when parents name their kids a common name, but insist on some strange pronunciation & get bent out of shape if their child's name is, heaven forbid, pronounced like the name is 99% of the time.
-- Anonymous User  9/17/2010
My name is Katherine and my nickname is Kat. This spelling is pronounced with THREE syllables. Other spellings might be pronounced with two, but this one is Kath-er-ine. Three.

Frankly, when I was young I hated it, but now I rather like it. I go by Kat pretty much all of the time, though my brother and father call me Katie (which I hate), and I get lots of requests to be called "Kit-Kat", which is also terribly annoying. Just "Kat" is fine, or "Katherine".
-- xDante  10/20/2010
I love this name and the nicknames for it.
-- Chrila96  12/22/2010
Henry VIII really seemed to like redheads named Katherine, since he married three such women;
1. Katherine of Aragon (red hair and blue eyes)
2. Katherine Howard (auburn hair and hazel eyes)
3. Katherine Parr (same as Katherine Howard)

I just find that interesting.
-- gaelruadh19  1/3/2011
My sister's name is Katherine and I think it's truly beautiful. I really recommend it. (:
-- Anonymous User  1/6/2011
Katherine Pierce (birth name Katerina Petrova) is the ruthless, beautiful vampire from The Vampire Diaries TV series.
-- CanadianChibi  1/8/2011
According to Oxford's 'Concise Dictionary of First Names', "The earliest sources that mention her are in Greek and give the name in the form Aikaterine. The name is of unknown etymology; the suggestion that it may be derived from Hecate, the pagan goddess of magic and enchantment, is not convincing."

I've not been able to find what the "Coptic name meaning 'my consecration of your name'" is... I wonder where this information came from?
-- earthnut  2/5/2011
My sister's name is Katherine and she's the most wonderful person in the world :) Also, I like it spelled this way best.
-- Liesl  3/9/2011
My name is Katherine and I've never gone with anything else. I used to think it was long and boring, but it has grown on me. I really dislike the name Katie, though. It's way too overused and just annoys me. I do wish I had Kay as a nickname, but since I'm in high school I can't really change it. People are always spelling it "Catherine" and I don't like that variation. I find it to be a lot duller and uninteresting.
-- kwfliy  3/16/2011
Catherine has a more positive feel to it.
-- Hushpuppy  5/21/2011
Can also be spelled Kathorine or Cathorine.
-- ListenToAsuka  10/15/2011
Very classic and sophisticated. One of my favourite girls names.
-- Amanda_M87  2/25/2012
Katherine Paterson is an American novelist. She is best known for her book "Bridge to Terabithia".
-- Anonymous User  3/28/2012
Katherine of England (1253-1257) was the youngest child of King Henry III of England and his wife Eleonore. She died young.
-- CarolinW  6/9/2012
Katherine was the youngest daughter of Henry VII of England and his wife Elizabeth of York. She was the sister of King Henry VIII of England, but she died young.
-- CarolinW  6/10/2012
Katherine was the oldest daughter of King Edward I and his wife Eleanor of Castile.
-- CarolinW  6/12/2012
Katherine was also the name of the fourth daughter of King Edward I of England and his wife Eleanor of Castile.
-- CarolinW  6/12/2012
I like this name a lot since I met Katherina Petrova/Pierce from the vampire diaries. Okay, I didn't really meet her, but when I saw her on television I liked this name.
My impression of this name is that it's a strong name.
I've watched the answers of people and read there that people with the name Katherine mostly aren't nice etc.
But it's not the name that makes someone nice or not, it's the character.
Of course it could be that a lot of people know someone with the name and who isn't nice, but it could be coincidence.
Some names are popular by some population or classes. And when, for instance, 10 very rich people name their daughter Katherine, but teach them that they can do everything only because they are rich, well, you get then that people think all Katherines are spoiled, not nice people. In Holland sometimes there are research to names and the kids. How they are doing in school, have they a lot of friends, are they bullied or maybe hated by their teacher, such things. And then it's discovered that some names aren't really a good idea to give to your kid. It's mostly funny to know. And people must always know for themselves if they name their kid John or Clare of course.
But for me: I like Katherine. I wish it was my name.
-- Elena-Damon-Salvator  12/28/2012
I have always really liked this name but it's so common. :(

A lot of celebs have this name (Katy Perry, Kate Upton, Kate Bush, Kate Bosworth, Kate Hudson, Kate Beckinsale, Kate Middleton, Katie Holmes, Kate Winslet), and Duchess of Cambridge (Catherine, but she was often called/spelled Kate).
-- EstherTester  3/17/2013
@EstherTester Kate Winslet, Kate Hudson and Katie Holmes are called Kate not Katherine so I am not sure why you are mentioning those and saying they have this name when they don't? Kate has been a stand alone name for a very long time so it's rather stupid to assume that anyone who is called Kate is called Katherine.
-- MissKate  10/20/2013
It's a soft and pretty name, especially with this spelling. Very silky sounding.
-- Hushpuppy  6/27/2013
Very late, but a lot of women use Kate and were actually originally named Katherine. It's called a DIMINUTIVE. This page even says such.
-- EstherTester  2/19/2014
There is a John Green novel titled "An Abundance of Katherines".
-- Anonymous User  3/11/2014
In Behistun inscription of Darus the great, name of "Athrina" is mentioned. The Athrina rebelled in Elam region and revolted Darus kingdom. In old Persian language, "athar" means "atash" (new Persian language) and in English equals "fire"; then,
Athar(old Persian)= atash (new Persian)= fire (English).
Ancient Iranians believed that fire is sacrosanct thing and pure other things. Therefore, I think that root of Kathrine is "athar (old persian)= fire (English), and his meaning is saint, sacrosanct person, sacred person.

Mohamadi, p, Iran, email: p. Mohamadi88@gmail. Com.
-- pmb  4/17/2014
I think the name Katherine sounds like a strong woman who is a mom.
-- crystalchiara  8/3/2014
Let's not forget about two of the greatest queens in history- Catherine the Great of Russia and Catherine de Medici of France.
-- Anonymous User  9/22/2014

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