Jump to content

Spelling of Catherine?


  • Please log in to reply
38 replies to this topic

#1 elle-M

Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:14 PM

Which spelling do you prefer, Catherine or Katherine? I prefer with a "C" but wondering what the general consensus is. Is Catherine more traditional??

We're using it as a middle name if this bub is a girl, and I'm keen to get the most traditional/old spelling to keep in line with my other kids' very old (some would say boring and daggy) names  biggrin.gif

Thanks

Edited by elle-M, 05 January 2013 - 03:15 PM.


#2 ~damons-mum~

Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:16 PM

I would prefer Catherine. Not sure which is the more traditional but think the C spelling loooks prettier.

#3 causeway

Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:17 PM

Agree with you... Catherine.

If we have another girl, her middle name will be Catherine after DHs beloved Aunt.



#4 Tarantara

Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:19 PM

I prefer the C spelling. My great grandmother, born mid 19th century, used the C spelling.

#5 Libertine

Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:20 PM

Katherine as a middle name is a tradition in our family. I prefer it with a K as I think it's a better initial ;-)

#6 BadCat

Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:20 PM

With a C.

#7 somila

Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:20 PM

Gorgeous name, I prefer the K as any little Katherine of mine would also be Kate (not a fan of Cate) and I would like the same initial.  I think both spellings are fairly traditional.  (Thinking of Katherine/Katharine of Aragon and Cathy in Wuthering Heights).

#8 erindiv

Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:21 PM

My DD is Katherine. Personally I think it's prettier  but I am biased of course!

#9 la di dah

Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:23 PM

I will be difficult (it's what I do).

Catherine > Katharine > Katherine > Kathryn > Cathryn.

Catherine and Katherine are about as old as each other as far as I can work out.

QUOTE
The name has subsequently come to be associated with the Greek adjective καθαρός katharos, meaning 'pure', leading to the alternative spellings Katharine and Katherine. The former spelling, with a middle a, was more common in the past and is currently more popular in the United States than in Britain. Katherine, with a middle e, was first recorded in England in 1196 after being brought back from the Crusades.[2]


I like Catherine because it has a vintage British feel and is one of the less popular forms in the US where Katherine is far and away the big favourite at the moment and C's were only in the 19th C.

I like Katharine because I like Katharine Hepburn and the two-a spelling also feels like a callback to old Eastern European forms like Katarina.

Kathryn has been used for centuries but I'm not very fond of it. I hardly ever see Cathryn and I'm not fond of it at all. And also in my accent I say these two differently from Catherine/Katharine which have 2.5-3 syllables and not 2. I say the -ryns with two though.

Katherine is in the middle for me - I don't find it as vintage charming as Catherine or as regal as Katharine, but it does have the benefit of being the familiar/popular option. I don't think Catherine is obscure enough to write off, though, and most people are cool with asking "C or K?"

#10 vanessa71

Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:24 PM

I am used to it being spelled with a C, but don't really have a preference.


#11 Gudrun

Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:25 PM

I think one is as traditional as the other.


I love the name either way but I've recently decided to default spell it Catherine because I felt I had to for convenience sake make a choice.

#12 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:05 PM

Definitely NOT Catherine.

It's not a name I would ever pick (too many in the 70's /80's that were NOT nice girls)

My pick would be KathArine (like Katharine Hepburn)

Whatever you do, don't spell it: Kathryn, Cathryn, Cathrynne etc.



#13 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:09 PM

I Like it spelt Catherine. Failing that, Katherine. I don't like Kathryn, Cathryn etc.

#14 HRH Countrymel

Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:10 PM

C for Catherine.

My very best friend whom I made in prep in 1977 and am still friendly with today is C for Catherine (we learned how to spell together - it can never be any other way for me!)

#15 ~sydblue~

Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:12 PM

Katherine is the spelling I prefer.
Kate as a shortened version when younger, then Kath when older.

#16 Puggle

Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:12 PM

"Katherine with a 'K' is so much more alluring than Catherine with a 'C.' A 'C' always looks so smug."

Anne of Windy Willows (I think)

#17 blackcat20

Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:12 PM

With a K, cos that's how mines spelt. Plus kate is better than cate (just ask Catherine Middleton who was Kate with a K....)  cool.gif

#18 kpingitquiet

Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:18 PM

Neither. I like Kathryn. It was my great-grandma's name (born 1909). She had it changed from Catherine to Kathryn so it would've been slightly insulting for us to pick a spelling she cast off biggrin.gif

#19 Propaganda

Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:56 PM

I like C. I think it looks more soft.

#20 Imaginary friend

Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:59 PM

I like either Catherine or Kathryn - the other variations look like smooshes of the above true spellings.


I know that is illogical reasoning as Katharine etc are all legitimate variations but for me it would be either of above two.

#21 claptrap

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:02 PM

Katharine, as in Hepburn.



#22 IsolaBella

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:05 PM

With a C for me.



#23 Chicky whicky

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:22 PM

Katherine, all the others look wrong to me, but I am incredibly biased as it is my DD2's name. We call her Katie which I don't think looks right with a C.

#24 Gudrun

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:48 PM

I see no reason why the initial letter has to correlate with the NN. A Catherine can be a Kate, Katie or a Kitty just the same as a Katherine. It's just the NN.

#25 CalEliKat

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:55 PM

I have a Katherine, I would never have spelt it with a C, to me it looks wrong.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

How to talk about your pregnancy at work

The workplace isn't always a friendly place for pregnant women. Yet working women inclined to conceal a pregnancy from prying coworkers may be better off opening up and carrying on, according to a new study.

Tell us your story to win!

To celebrate Mother's Day this year we are giving you the chance to win one of five great prizes simply by telling us your story.

Where to get help to help your baby sleep

There is so much pressure about having a baby who sleeps 'all night' , it's no wonder you worry about your baby if she wakes in the night.

Vintage baby names having a comeback

What makes some names have comebacks while others silently fade into oblivion? A few factors come into play.

When your partner doesn't want you to breastfeed

Dads can have many reasons for not wanting their partners to breastfeed their baby, but both parents should learn more about it before making a final decision.

Model mum Sarah Stage shares post-baby selfie

Most new mums would recoil at the thought, but Sarah Stage has shared a post-pregnancy selfie just four days after giving birth.

I'll admit it: I have last child parenting fatigue

If you're a new mum and feeling ignored by the older mum/the old hand/the has-been, please know, it's not you, it's me. Blame the last child parenting fatigue.

Exhaustion is not the same as tiredness

Having a new baby isn't tiring - it can be downright exhausting.

Five posterior babies, four home births

I was on a high. I'd done it all by myself with no help from anyone.

Mum's list of birthday gift demands goes viral

We're big fans of kids' birthday parties - but this is one bash we're glad we didn't get an invite to.

Kate Middleton to receive 'loyalty discount' for second birth

Everybody loves a bargain - including the Duchess of Cambridge.

Fish & chip shop owner's sad note goes viral

A lengthy note put on the window of a fish & chip shop has gone viral due to the writer's serious doubts about the romance of travel.

Pregnant women need good nutrition advice, not judgment

Pregnant women are under pressure to do all the "right things" to have a healthy child. It results in women feeling judged about their decisions.

When your child wants you to have another baby

Giving your child a sibling when you don't want to have another baby can be a complex issue.

William Tyrrell's mum speaks out: 'We hope he is still alive'

The mother of missing toddler William Tyrrell says she has a vision that somebody "picked him up and moved him on ... that's the only way ... to explain for him not to be there".

Family comes first for 23-year-old Tommy Connolly

Most 23-year-old blokes spend their hard earned cash on fun times with mates or romantic dinners with their girlfriend, but not Tommy Connolly.

Newborn all-girl quintuplets 'doing great'

The first all-female quintuplets born in the United States were delivered last week, at 28 weeks and two days.

Model mum's big baby silences critics

He may be less than a week old, but baby James Hunter has already helped his model mum silence her critics.

Jammy, Hula Hoop, Rage: Reddit reveals most unusual baby names

A recent Reddit thread has revealed some of the more creative names in the world.

Woman awakens from coma, learns she gave birth

A US woman awakened this week from a four-month-long coma that doctors had feared would be permanent and learned that she had given birth to a baby boy, according to her family.

'Give us a break': mum sent shocking letter over Facebook baby pics

Posting a lot of baby photos doesn't make you a bad person. It may make your Facebook feed a little irritating, but it doesn't make you a bad person.

In defense of the dads who do so much

It's time to shift the focus off what dads aren’t doing and shine it on what they are.

The modern cloth nappies too cute to cover up

If you're only just joining the modern cloth nappy movement, or would like to spruce up your collection, we have to introduce you to Designer Bums.

How breastfeeding can affect your libido

When you’ve just had a baby, having sex isn’t usually top priority. In fact, for a lot of women it rates about as appealing as changing another dirty nappy.

Should pregnant women be allowed to use 'parent and child' car parking spots?

Is it acceptable to use these car parking spots when pregnant? How many of us would admit to doing it?

Healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man died

Fertility doctors have described their "most extraordinary case" - creating a healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man had died.

Sign up to our 30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Last chance to win a year's supply of toys

You have less than a week left to win your child one of five Fisher-Price toy packs valued at over $600 each - hurry, enter today!

Childcare is a big problem, but there's more to it

Let’s keep talking about these issues and not allow them to be put into a neat little box that’s labelled ‘Fix childcare and everything is solved’.

Pink's awesome response to body-shaming trolls

When trolls felt the need to comment on 35-year-old singer-songwriter Pink's weight, her answer was an awesome ode to body love.

Fertility clinic offers egg donors $5000

A national chain of fertility clinics is offering egg donors a $5000 payment to cover their expenses, a first for Australia which is raising concerns the money could act as an inducement.

Baby boy abandoned in India amid fresh surrogacy concerns

Australian officials could do nothing to stop an Australian couple from abandoning their baby son, born through surrogacy in India, after they decided they did not want to bring him to Australia.

Herd immunity and community responsibility: how free-riders can make kids suffer

Individual choice works for haircuts and handbags, but not for preventing infectious diseases that kill kids.

Photographer captures 'unexpected beauty' of birth

If there is one thing Leilani Rogers knows about childbirth, it is that no two deliveries are ever the same.

Expectations vs the reality of making a toddler's clothes

Note to self: less sewing, more life. Not the party dress, but the party. The toddler, as usual, has it all figured out.

Mum meets 'dead' daughter 49 years after birth

In 1965, Zella Jackson-Price was told her premature baby girl had died shortly after birth.

How pregnancy probiotics can help you and your baby

New research suggests that taking specific pregnancy probiotics could be the answer to a range of common pregnancy side effects.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

 

ENTER NOW!

Win a year's worth of toys

Last week to submit a picture of your baby at play for your chance to win. Visit the Play Wall to view our recent entries.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.