I can think about forms of Katherine that I like more, but still Katja has some charm that no other related name has. It is strong, short, yet youthful, subtle and feminine. I know a Katja, she's Polish, but I guess has also some foreign descent, like German maybe. It may sound tough, but it definitely doesn't lack in femininity.
mairinn  1/12/2018
Katja Moslehner is a former member of the pagan folk band Faun.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2018
Katja is very rarely used in Poland and pronounced KAHT-yah.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2018
Katja Ebstein is a German singer who represented Germany in 1970, 1971, and 1980, placing 3rd and 2nd respectively. She is noted as the most successful Eurovision singer without actually winning the contest itself.
― Anonymous User  12/7/2017
Another bearer of this name is Katja Alexandra Thomsen Grien (January 31st 1982 - Montevideo), Uruguayan fashion model and 4th finalist at Miss World 2000.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2017
Katja Kassin is the stage name of a German pornographic actress. Kassin was born in Leipzig, East Germany. She was 10 years old when the Berlin Wall came down. She attended college and worked as a waitress prior to her porn career.
lilolaf  7/14/2017
As Caprice said, Katja is also used in Finland. It is rather common too, with over 18,000 occurrences (includes middle names) according to the Finnish Population Register Centre. Katja's name day is on 25th of November, same as other Finnish names related to Katherine. [noted -ed]
Louska  1/9/2017
Katja Johanna Alice Nyberg is a naturalized Norwegian handball player, currently retired. She has played 99 games for the Norwegian national team.
cutenose  6/19/2016
My name is Katja and I think it is unique but also quite annoying because people cannot pronounce it right.
katja0101  12/15/2015
In my opinion, this name sounds very harsh and masculine even though it ends with an "a". I would never use it.
Alexanna  10/3/2014
In what I've found, Katja means "pure." I like the name very much and would plan to name my daughter that someday.

I teach German so I want a German name that isn't too old (I think of my great grandma Olga from Germany...). Katja sounds cute and dainty. It's like the German form of Katie. I do worry how people would pronounce her name. I've seen it English-ized to "Katya" to aid pronunciation, but I don't want to lose the German roots.
swallow1989  8/22/2014
I really like this name as a diminutive of Katherine or variants thereof. It is classy and sounds cool without being as common as Kate/Katie. User:Swallow1989 described the name perfectly.
YITYNR  1/2/2016
Katjaa is an character who appears in season 1 of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead episodic adventure video game.
― Anonymous User  7/2/2014
Also a feminine name in Croatia.
goricar  3/14/2010
It's used in the Netherlands as well.

A friend of mine bears this name and I like it. Especially because it had the Dutch word "kat" in it which means "cat".
renee06  11/18/2007
Blunt and harsh sounding to me, almost masculine.
― Anonymous User  10/13/2007
Listen to the German pronunciation of Katja here:
_satu_  9/3/2006
It's also used it Sweden and Finland. Pronounced like "cut ya".
Caprice  4/22/2006
Also spelled as "Katje" from what I've seen. Katja ("KAHT-ya") is also a Russian pet form of Katherine, with a somewhat different spelling. I like this name; it's a diminutive that actually retains some elegance and dignity of the original name, unlike "Cathy", "Christie" or "Candy", which are too "cutesy" and have become a little too common.
― Anonymous User  4/28/2005
Katja is a popular name in Germany. It´s pronounced Kut-yah. It was especially popular in the 1980´s along with several other -ja ending names.
― Anonymous User  4/13/2005

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