How did ‘Catherine’ become ‘Katherine?’

So when did the name  ‘Catherine‘ morph into ‘Katherine?’ History isn’t actually too clear on that. But we do know that the first Katherine on record was in England in 1196, the name presumably having been brought back from the Crusades. While the name has retained popularity in the UK, it really took off in the United States. It’s been in the 100 most popular names in the United States every year since 1880.


3 thoughts on “How did ‘Catherine’ become ‘Katherine?’

  1. Kate! says:

    Or perhaps the question should be this: How did the ‘Katherine’ become ‘Catherine’? There is no C in the Greek alphabet.

  2. katetorg says:

    I took eight years of Latin, so didn’t know that. Thanks for the info!

  3. Kate! says:

    I wonder if the Celts had anything to do with it — they’re not Kelts. Is it even polite to say “the Celts”? Great site!

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