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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn is a modern variation of the Irish name Caitlin, which originated from the Old French word Cateline meaning ‘pure.’ The name Caitlin is derived from the Greek Aikaterine, which is said to be a derivative of the Greek name Hekaterine and Hecate, the Greek Goddess of magic. Depending on the root of the words, the name could have different meanings, such as ‘innocent,’ ‘clear,’ ‘each one,’ ‘each of the two,’ ‘hundred,’ or ‘far off.’

In England, Caitlin was anglicized to Kathleen or Cathleen. However, in the 1970s, the Irish began pronouncing these names as Ke-it-lin, leading to various spellings, including Caitlyn, Catelynn, Caitlin, Katlyn, Kaitlin, Katelyn, and Katelynn. The name also has several nicknames, including Kat, Kate, Katy, Katie, Kait, Lyn, Lynn, and Lin.

Kaitlyn was popular in the 1990s and early 2000s in the United States, but an oversaturation of Kaitlyns and their variations led to a decline in popularity. Nevertheless, the name is still considered fresh and exciting in Canada. In other cultures, Kaitlyn is spelled differently, such as Katerina, Katalin, Katarin, Ekaterina, Caterina, Katarina, Kateřina, Katelijn, Catriona, and Catrin.

Kaitlyn and its variations have made numerous appearances in popular culture. For instance, Catelyn Stark is the matriarch of the Stark House in the A Song of Ice and Fire book and TV series, while Caitlin is a character in the superhero drama TV series Heroes. Kait(lyn) is a character in the award-winning webcomic FreakAngels, and Caitlin the Streamlined Engine is a character in the popular children’s show Thomas & Friends. Caitlin Ryan is a character in the Degrassi TV series, and Kaitlin Cooper is a character in the American teen drama The O.C.

Additionally, Kaitlyn is the name of Hazel’s friend in the bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars, and Caitlin Ramirez is a recurring character in the TV soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. Lastly, Kaitlyn Fairchild is a character in the Dark Visions Trilogy by L. J. Smith.


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The meaning of the name is Unadulterater, Pure
Greek, Irish
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How To Pronounce Kaitlyn?


Famous People With The Name Kaitlyn

  • Kaitlyn MaherAmerican singer and actress known for being the youngest finalist on America’s Got Talent
  • Kaitlyn FarringtonAmerican snowboarder and Olympic gold medalist
  • Kaitlyn DeverAmerican actress known for her roles in Justified, Last Man Standing, and Unbelievable
  • Kaitlyn BristoweCanadian television personality known for appearing in several reality shows
  • Kaitlyn GillilandAmerican ballerina and choreographer
  • Caitlin ClarkeAmerican theater and film actress
  • Katelyn OhashiAmerican gymnast

Kaitlyn On The Popularity Chart

Kaitlyn is a popular name. Trace how the name’s ranking and popularity has changed over time in these graphs from the Social Security Administration.

Popularity Over Time

In 1980, the name Kaitlyn was relatively unknown with only 66 babies per million being given this name. However, it saw a massive increase in popularity, peaking first in 1992 and then again in 2000 when 8,759 babies per million had this name. After this, popularity gradually declined.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Corresponding to the popularity graph, the rank graph for the name Kaitlyn also shows a smooth curve. In 1980, the name ranked at 1,714. However, after 1984, it entered the top 500. In 2000, it ranked in the top 50 at the 30th position. Check out the graph below for detailed information.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound

Kaitlyn has a gentle and regal sound. If you liked the sound of Kaitlyn, here are some names with a similar tone.

Names With Similar Meaning As Kaitlyn

If you liked the name Kaitlyn, here are some names that have similar meanings. They may be a good match for a sibling too.

Name Numerology For Kaitlyn As Kaitlyn


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