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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Katelyn

The name Katelyn is a modern variant of Caitlin, which itself was first derived from the Irish name Catherine. The history behind the name Catherine is very fascinating and dates back many centuries while connecting with different cultures. Catherine was derived from the Greek name Katharos, which may mean ‘pure.’

Catherine became a popular choice for a given name during the Middle Ages in Europe and it was linked with royalty and nobility. Saint Catherine of Alexandria was an important personality associated with the increased popularity of this name. People named Catherine are known for their leadership qualities and natural skills to solve problems.

The modern English variant Katelyn was derived in the late 20th century as a combination of two names Kate and Lynn. Kate was picked up from Katherine, meaning pure or clear, while Lynn was picked from a Welsh origin meaning lake or waterfall. It is widely used as a baby girl name in English-speaking countries and many other countries worldwide because of its timeless elegance and the history associated with women of the name.

Katelyn was first reported on popular baby name records in the United State in the 1980s and it comes with different spelling variations like Kaitlyn, Caitlyn, Caitlin, Katelynn, Kaitlin, and Katelynne. Apart from spelling variants, there are some variants across different cultures and languages, such as Katarina and Katharina are Swedish and German variants, Ekaterina is more popular among Russian people, Caitríona is used by Irish people and Katariina is Finnish variant. Cătălina is a Spanish variation of Katelyn or Katherine. Kat, Kate, Kay, Kaye, Kay kay, and Kiki are some of the names that can be used as nicknames for Katelyn.

Fictional characters also play an important role in the popularity of the name. Some fictional characters referred to as Katelyn are Caitlin “kate” Todd as a fictional character in the famous TV series NCIS, Kaitlin Cooper from the American television series The O. C., and Caitlin Ramirez from the iconic series The bold and the beautiful.


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The meaning of the name is She who is Pure
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Famous People With The Name Katelyn

  • Katelyn TarverAmerican singer/songwriter commonly known for the album Tired Eyes released in 2017
  • Katelynn CusanelliAmerican reality TV personality from The Real World: Brooklyn
  • Caitlin KinneyAmerican dancer and So you think you can dance (Season 5) contestant
  • Kaitlin SandenoOlympic gold medalist, World champion American swimmer

Katelyn On The Popularity Chart

Katelyn is a meaningful and cool name with a modern vibe. The popularity of the name can be understood from data provided by the Social Security Administration.

Popularity Over Time

There have been drastic changes in the popularity of the name Katelyn. The graph depicts the highs and lows through the years.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Katelyn was one of the top 100 names in the United States from 1988 to 2009. Check out the graph to know more about the dramatic oscillations in the ranking of the name Katelyn.

Source: Social Security Administration

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