Pronounced Pron. TH as in thin(Classical Greek) E as in bet(Classical Greek) Ras in right(Classical Greek) I as in kin(Classical Greek) N as in not.(Classical Greek) [key]
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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 10/21/2019
A masculine short form of Katherine. See Katherine. From the Greek name Αικατερινη (Aikaterine). The etymology is debated: it could derive from the earlier Greek name ‘Εκατερινη (Hekaterine), which came from ‘εκατερος (hekateros) "each of the two"; it could derive from the name of the goddess HECATE; it could be related to Greek αικια (aikia) "torture"; or it could be from a Coptic name meaning "my consecration of your name". In the early Christian era it became associated with Greek καθαρος (katharos) "pure", and the Latin spelling was changed from Katerina to Katharina to reflect this.