The name originated from the Greek Αικατερίνη Aikaterinē (εκ του καθαρός: εξαγνισμένη ή εαρινή, ανοιξιάτικη). The earliest known use of the Greek name was in reference to Saint Catherine of Alexandria.

The theory that the name comes from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of magic, is regarded by the editors of the Oxford Dictionary of First Names as unconvincing.1

Another potential origin of the name is the Armenian word Կատար gadar meaning peak or summit. In Armenian, the equivalent name is Կատարինէ Gadarine; coincidentally the ending ինէ ine is homophonous with the modern Greek verb ειναι 'she is', suggesting a macaronic phrase meaning "she is the summit".

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
Katharine of Avalon.
by cletis87 January 04, 2013
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a girl that will make your day just by smiling, fun to hang around with, and somebody that will always be a good friend. she is beautiful, inside and out.
katharine is the best person in the world.
by taylorswiftfannumberone June 23, 2009
a super sexy individual, normally with huge tits and blonde hair
dude that blonde behind the bar is such a katharine
by jackowacko May 12, 2009
Stupid bitch who is a big whore and no one likes her. She loves having sex and probably has an STD
Look at that Katharine i think she's pregnant
by thatoneperson... December 11, 2010

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