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#1 eM_Mille

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


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.

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.


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 Weirdly Sane

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:02 PM

Katharine, as in Hepburn.

#22 VeritasVinum

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.

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