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My father named me Kathleen after an old Irish Folk Song "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen". He used to sing it to me when I was small. Very special meaning.
ubbalinda  9/28/2005
Kathleen is probably a combination of Katherine and Eileen. They are both old fashioned names.
Dogsy  11/20/2005
Kathleen is Nina Simone's middle name. Her birth name was Eunice Kathleen Waymon.
ars musica  12/3/2005
A famous bearer is Kathleen Turner, actress known for her roles in movies such as: The War of the Roses, Peggy Sue Got Married, or A Breed Apart.
kanine  12/26/2005
J.K. Rowling's middle name is Kathleen.
feeniksteers  12/29/2005
Actually, Jo Rowling doesn't have a middle name. Her grandmother's name was Kathleen, and she took it for a middle initial because her publishers thought that boys wouldn't read a book that was obviously written by a woman. I once had an arguement with a classmate a few years ago about that. He was convinced she was a man! :)
eirian_artanis  8/13/2007
My name is actually Katrina but for sometime now Kathleen has been one of the names I wish I had. I just find the name Kathleen very cheerful, and friendly. When I think of a Kathleen I think of someone with red hair and brown eyes.
flowerkate  12/30/2005
My mother's name is Kathaleen. But we call Mom "Kate" all thanks to her best friend who stuck her with Kate. It is much more suiting for her. But I believe the name, misspelled or not, is a BEAUTIFUL Name.
sammie  1/12/2006
I have a friend named Kathleen, she goes by Katie though. Her hair is reddish, and her eyes are brown. To me Kathleen sounds like a southern girl. It is a pretty name and all, but "Mean Kathleen" the redhead from the South, fits all too well.
― Anonymous User  3/12/2006
You know, if I named my child something with 8 letters, I'd like to have a more obvious shortening of than Kathleen has. However, the name has started to grow on me, and I rather like it now.
vattenkvinna  4/11/2006
I prefer Kathleen over Katherine. It seems softer somehow, more of a warmer friendly name.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
Kathleen is such a beautiful, graceful timeless classic. Many pretty nicknames for this name too.
― Anonymous User  6/27/2006
A famous bearer is Kathleen Moody, considered my many to be the world's best equine sculpter.
ckb  7/16/2006
Kathleen was used a lot in the 1940's and 1950's.
― Anonymous User  9/20/2006
Kathleen is a very pretty elegant name. I really like the nickname Kat but also Kate and Katie are nice too.
― Anonymous User  10/23/2006
A famous bearer is Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre.
mymymetrocard  10/28/2006
Kathleen is such a beautiful name, that it'll make all its bearers beautiful too. This name sounds wonderful and looks amazing when you write it. I think Kath is a sweet nickname to it.
Yippal  1/9/2007
This is my middle name and I love it. I'm the only person I know with Kathleen for a middle name. And my parents sometimes call me Kate.
Annabeau  2/14/2007
Dixie Chick Martie Maguire has a daughter named Kathleen Emilie.
Belle  3/8/2007
Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards bears this name.
lawruh  3/29/2007
I like this name, but I think Katherine is prettier.
CharlieRob  5/10/2007
My mom's name is Kathleen, but everyone has called her Kat since she was about 10 years old. I prefer this spelling to Cathleen. It just looks more appealing with a K.
joanie2007  7/27/2007
One of my best friend's name is Kathleen, and it fits her perfectly. Although I like unusual names better, this name is nice.
smurphul  10/12/2007
Princess Kathleen is a princess in "Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses".
― Anonymous User  12/4/2007
I do not see how you could get Caitlin out of Kathleen. They are two different names. If Caitlin came out of Kathleen it would be prounounced CAIT-leen.
Dianna475  3/25/2008
Kathleen is an Anglicized name that came from the authentic Irish name Caitlin (accent mark over the second "i"), which is pronounced kat-LEEN.
― Anonymous User  3/28/2008
The name Kathleen evokes grace, charm and elegance. It reminds me of the 40's and a wealthy, very nice upperclass woman.
― Anonymous User  4/18/2008
Along with Colleen, this one is a relatively bearable feminine name with the -een/-ene ending, but it still sounds quite old-fashioned.
slight night shiver  4/25/2008
My first name is Kathleen. All my friends think it's such a cool name. We have no one called Kate, or Katy, or Kath or whatever in our year at school. Even though it's a nice name, I think it's going out of fashoin. The only other person I know called Kathleen is my great grandmother. And she's dead.
katelumley  4/28/2008
My father named me Kathleen. I always loved it. I have blonde hair with red tints and vivid green eyes. Obvious Irish descent. My granddaddy always called me "Kittykat" and my grandmother and aunt, all on my fathers side, called me "Katie".
just me  6/15/2008
I just love this name, I think it has a really nice flow and it's very feminine and elegant. In my opinion, "Kath" is the best nickname for Kathleen, it still has the graceful tone but it's shorter. I wish my name was Kathleen. :)
ArV  7/1/2008
My name is Kathleen and my father who is African American named me this. Of course, he said that it was a beautiful name - and he never called me Kathy. I think this is a beautiful name, but; there are two things that have bothered me about it: 1. Some people have a hard time saying it without adding an a between the h and the l. 2. Being biracial, some people have claimed that this name is for someone white or Irish. I'm often asked whether I'm Irish or Catholic when I tell people my name. For a while I didn't feel the name fit me, but now knowing the history and meaning I think it fits to a "t" because it most likely comes from Heket an Egyptian goddess. Later it was taken to Greece where it became Hekate - a goddess who stands at the crossroads of three worlds and is also a goddess of darkness and light. I am African American, European, and Native American - 3 worlds. Lots of people don't know that this name began in Egypt and went out to span the globe with different word fragments added to it. Kathleen, Katherine, Katrina, Catalina, E Katrina etc. I really like my name.
― Anonymous User  8/9/2008
When the Greeks added the th to Ka creating Kath they also focused on the idea that Heket and Hekate were pure (they were (or she was) worshiped by Egyptians and Greeks). The meaning of Kath became purity. At one point most name references said that Kath meant purity like the sun sparkling on the waves. I don't know whether this is when the Catholic church stepped in as a religion and claimed Cath as a prefix. I've also been told that in Ireland Kathleen developed another meaning. Kath=Kathrine and Leen = Little, so Kathleen means little Kate.
KayeKiLa  8/13/2008
Famous African Americans with the name are:
Kathleen Battle - opera singer and Kathleen Cleaver - black panther.
― Anonymous User  8/13/2008
Kathleen rhymes with serene, dream, and queen. I've often been called Kathleen the dream.
― Anonymous User  8/13/2008
My role model and mentor's name was Kathleen. I think it's beautiful.
boughmsn  9/16/2008
The 'thl' is too hard to pronounce.
― Anonymous User  10/13/2008
My mother's name, but she changed it to Kathlene, since when she was a kind it was very common (she once had a circle of four friends, three of whom were Kathy). So, I will always associate it with her.
MoonAgeDaydreamer  10/19/2008
I live in Ireland, and I've heard this name pronounced KATH-leen more often than I've heard Kath-LEEN.

I really like this name - I much prefer it to Katherine and Caitlyn :)
Sophannagh  11/22/2008
My middle name is Kathleen. I think Kathleen is a beautiful name. It's not heard very often. To the descriptions, I have brown hair with dark blue eyes, and I am from the South.
― Anonymous User  2/2/2009
I'm 17 years old and my name is Kathleen. Everyone I know calls me Kathy or Kath. My dad always forbids anyone from shortening it to Kate, Katie etc. because it's just not my name :-). I live in Switzerland and nobody can pronounce Kathy or Kathleen as they don't know "th" or "y", which has made me hate my name, it's very old fashioned as well. But then again there's barely anyone called Kathleen anymore and it's nice to be special.
Kathleen92  2/11/2009
Comedienne Kathy Griffin's full name is Kathleen.
elizabeth hamlet  3/27/2009
My name is Kathleen Grace and I've always liked my name. I like other names better but it's still a pretty name. Kathleen means pure.
kgmcal315  8/8/2009
My name is Kathleen and when I was little my friends called me kath a leen. For the description I have brown hair and green eyes.
kgmcal315  9/28/2009
My sister's name is Kathleen, very elegant and sweet and suits her well. I think it's pretty simple but beautiful name.
― Anonymous User  11/4/2009
I love it, and would use it as a first name, with Kat as a nickname.
Cobweb  12/31/2009
Kathleen Ferrier great English classical singer -one of the greatest -sublime and eternal!
― Anonymous User  3/9/2010
Eh. Reminds me of a tense, upperclass girl with a lot of social pressure on her. It seems formal and stiff, especially if you don't go by a nickname. And why even pick a formal name, if you're just going to always use the nickname?
JW41926  5/18/2010
This was my Nanna's name, she passed away in March 2009. I plan to use this for a future daughter's name, whether it be a middle or first name. It's a beautiful name.
alicehartley4884  7/17/2010
Two members of the Kennedy family bear this name- Kathleen Cavendish, the sister of JFK, and RFK's daughter Kathleen Townsend, who was named after her aunt.
bathos  9/5/2010
I really like this name. It sounds friendly. But I prefer Katherine.
Chrila96  11/13/2010
I prefer the spelling Kathleane.
iwannabewonderful  1/17/2011
This name is one of the best of the Kath- names, I like it better than Katherine and Kathlyn, but not as much as Katharine.
The nicknames: Kath, Kathy, Kat, Kate, Katie are all spunky and pretty; my favourite is Kat, but Kathy is more uncommon and since it is so rarely used on children today, Kathy might be a spunky alternative to Kat.
DaphneSusan  2/15/2011
This is my aunt's name. She is my namesake and I am a whole lot like her! I'm proud to be named after her, but her entire life she's gone by Katie, which is a nickname I'm not a fan of. Still, Kathleen is very pretty in my biased opinion.
Book_Reader22  4/6/2011
I absolutely adore this name. It always makes me think of a beautiful, mysterious Irish mermaid. Definitely considering this one for a baby daughter.
MonsterGrapefruit  5/15/2011
My aunt is named Kathleen but for her entire life she's been Kathy, or the offhand nickname Kat. I think it's a lovely name.
JaciGia  8/4/2011
My name is spelt without the "H" and that oddly seems to throw a lot of people off, so I often pronounce it with the "TH" sound or just have people call me "Kat".

For the longest time I've never liked my name, mostly because I got teased lot by it, (whoreleen, dogleen, cat girl, etc) and its harsher pronunciation compared to the proper spelling form. I think it has a nice enough sound and it's pretty uncommon where I live so I don't have to worry about getting mistaken for another Kathleen (especially with my unique spelling).
ScrubsCT  9/21/2011
Kathleen Genevieve Ledecky (born 1997 in Bethesda, Maryland) is an American swimmer and Olympic gold medalist.
― Anonymous User  8/7/2012
I like the nickname Kitty for Kathleen.
shadow1999  7/28/2013
Such a beautiful and graceful name. Different than Katherine, which is becoming increasingly popular. I also like that this name will age well.
blueeyesparkle  10/12/2013
Archduchess Kathleen Elizabeth of Austria, née Walker, is the American-born wife of Archduke Imre of Austria. Kathleen ("Katie") married Imre on 8 September 2012 at Saint Mary, Mother of God Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. She is also known as Kathleen de Habsbourg-Lorraine.
la-petite-rachel  1/24/2014
My aunt's name is Kathleen and she is often called Kathy. As children, my cousins and I always called her "Kitty."
― Anonymous User  7/8/2014
Kathleen Anne Brien, better known as Katy B, is an English singer and songwriter.
― Anonymous User  8/19/2014
I absolutely LOVE this beauty of a name! :D.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2014
Kathleen Winsor (Born: October 16, 1919, Died: May 26, 2003) was an American author. She is best known for the novel Forever Amber.
― Anonymous User  10/21/2014
My best friend and I love this name because we think it's really cute naming a daughter like this in honor to our friendship, for the reason that her name is Katherine and mine is Eileen. In my opinion it's lovely! :)
― Anonymous User  11/25/2014
This isn't my favorite name. It sounds really old-fashioned and outdated to me.
Kathy D.  12/19/2014
My mom's name and my middle. When a bunch of us started calling each other by our middle names in high school, I adopted the nickname Kat. I like it, and much prefer our spelling to the C version. (There are few enough feminine K names as it is!)
IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  3/27/2015
"Kathleen" is the name of a song by the band Catfish And Bottlemen.
Evethewitch  11/6/2015
I'm so proud to carry the name Kathleen, it is powerful and beautiful. My mother named me Kathleen after her close friend who was quick witted and strong. Kat also makes a very nice nickname.
kidskid  2/22/2016
I like this name a lot, old but classy.
DundiculutNicholas  1/17/2017
My name is Kathleen, though I usually go by Kathy. My maiden name is Irish and I was always proud that my first name is too! I also was always glad my parents named me Kathleen as opposed to Kathryn as from the time I was very young, I always have felt Kathleen sounded much prettier.

As anyone who is named Kathleen or one of the other related names, it is very important to note whether or not they spell it with a "K" or a "C". If anyone asks me if I spell my name with a "K" or a "C", I always smile and say... "You have a Kathy in your life." They always do! It also bothers me when someone simply assumes I am a Kathryn or Katherine/Catherine, etc. I have a friend named Beth who runs into the same problem. Her legal name is not Elizabeth, it's Beth! When in doubt, ask!

One of the things I love about my name is there are so many different variations of it. I have a "formal" and "informal" name and I like that. I am Kathy or Kathleen according to my mood or the situation. Growing up, my dad used a different variation of my name. He was the only one I permitted to do so making my name a "pet name" as well.
― Anonymous User  4/12/2017
Kathleen Mary "Kathy" Griffin is an American stand up comedian, writer, producer, actress, and television host. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she moved to Los Angeles in 1978, where she studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and became a member of the improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings. In the 1990s, Griffin began performing as a standup comedian and also appeared as a guest star on several television shows. She achieved recognition in a supporting role on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan.
cutenose  5/30/2017
The name Kathleen was given to 338 girls born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Kathleen are female.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2017
This is my name--I like that it's classic and timeless and a little different from the more common Katharine. However, when I introduce myself, people usually hear "Katharine", which is frustrating and something to note if you're considering naming your child this. As well, I'm not the hugest fan of names ending in EEN, so I generally prefer the Irish pronunciation of KAHT-leen, where the emphasis is on the first part of the name.
Katieann  9/17/2017
I'm a Kathleen. I love my name. My nickname is Kathy.
Yes, some people do add an A between the H and the L. I think the name is timeless and I've never met a Kathleen that I didn't like. Some people also call Realtors, Real a tors. Haha.
Njusalady  10/3/2017
I have never actually gone by Kathy, I've always been a Miss-Leen. My grandfather apparently nicknamed me K.J., He also picked out my name, cause one of my mom's niece's kids, already had the name she'd picked.
Kids sometimes have trouble saying my name, but that's fine. I have never seen another Kathleen that didn't turn out to be blonde, which is funny cause I'm a brunette, and I tan easy in the summer.

I like my name, I like that Miss-Leen makes sense as a nickname.
Queen-of-Pens  10/22/2017
This is my name. It's probably not a name I would have chosen for my daughter (although before my husband met me he wanted to call his future daughter this!), but I think it's still quite nice and friendly. I also think it suits me. I am blonde with light blue eyes; Irish heritage. Considering I hate 'Kath' and 'Leen' (especially most names ending with leen eg Darleen), strangely enough I think the name Kathleen is surprisingly good. Perhaps the reason I feel this way is because I live in Australia, and 'Kath' and names ending in 'Leen' sound 'bogan', eg TV show 'Kath and Kim'.

I just go by my full name, however as a teenager I got Kat (which I didn't mind), 'kitty' (a bit too cute but not too bad), and 'Kath' which I hated. I also sometimes get 'Kathy' or 'Kate', which I'm also not that keen on. I think the nickname 'Katie' is nice, which my parents intended for me, however I have never gotten that. People often mistakenly call me 'Katherine' and occasionally 'Katelyn'. Kids accidentally say 'Kath-A-leen'!
KTAus  1/26/2018

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