Catherine

Catherine - A very unique female name



  Apr 19,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Catherine, meaning pure, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #22. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Catherine and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Catherine? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Catherine. The baby girl name Catherine was given to 1,870 baby girls in 2012, ranking #166 on the national girl baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 756 baby girls were given this name - making this a very unique female name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Catherine peaked in popularity 105 years ago in 1914 on position 18.



Famous with this name

Catherine Keener
Catherine McCormack
Catherine Bell


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Catherine is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Catherine is currently topping the baby name charts in District of Columbia at position #55 - and is the least popular in New Mexico at position #486.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Catherine is where you live.


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Catherine origin and meaning

Catherine is a 9 letter name with 3 syllables. This name means pure. To see famous people named Catherine, pop culture references for the name Catherine and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Catherine

We've found the following names that sound similar to Catherine, sorted by popularity.

Cathryn / Catrina / Catharine / Cathrine / Catarina / Caterina / Catherin / Catheryn / Catherina / Catriona /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012166
2011162
2010193
2009176
2008148
2007142
2006121
2005109
2004103
2003106
2002101
200181
200081
199999
1998102
199796
199695
199590
199484
199375
199278
199172
199071
198967
198869
198774
198667
198565
198469
198366
198273
198173
198076
197978
197872
197774
197672
197573
197473
197367
197265
197165
197059
196958
196856
196755
196655
196557
196454
196353
196253
196148
196042
195940
195838
195737
195628
195528
195432
195335
195234
195134
195034
194937
194841
194746
194648
194550
194449
194348
194249
194151
194053
193949
193848
193746
193644
193542
193442
193344
193240
193136
193035
192934
192833
192731
192630
192529
192427
192324
192224
192123
192021
191924
191820
191718
191620
191519
191418
191322
191221
191120
191022

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
District of Columbia55
Virginia79
Massachusetts84
Delaware111
Connecticut113
Maryland116
Louisiana119
Georgia129
North Carolina131
Kentucky132
South Carolina132
New York133
Alabama151
Kansas157
New Jersey162
Colorado167
Texas167
Alaska173
Pennsylvania174
California181
Oregon182
Maine185
Florida185
Tennessee188
Indiana190
Illinois199
Ohio207
New Hampshire207
Michigan209
Missouri210
Hawaii231
Oklahoma245
Mississippi250
Idaho260
Arizona265
Arkansas268
Minnesota271
Nebraska276
Iowa287
Washington292
Utah304
Wisconsin308
West Virginia310
Nevada314
New Mexico486

Even more about Catherine


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Catherine a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique female name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Catherine?

3 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1914
Peak year
Female


Popularity Score™

Name Catherine
Gender Female
Popularity 1 in 756
Letter count 9
Syllable count 3
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +1,870

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