Until pretty recently, folks thought that ‘Cat’ and ‘Kat’ based names stemmed from Hecate, the Greek goddess of magic, ghosts, and witchcraft. But apparently, the 2006 Oxford English Dictionary threw that theory out the window. It’s now believed that the name actually stems from the Greek word “καθαρός” (kathraos), which means “pure.” The first use of the name was in reference to Saint Catherine of Alexandria, who was martyred in the 4th century. Modern folks most likely remember her as the saint who appeared to Joan of Arc in visions.
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