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Quick Facts on Caitlin

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Gaelic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 466
KOIT-leen or KOTCH-leen
Simple meaning:
Pure one, innocent

Characteristics of Caitlin

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Caitlin

Caitlín is the Irish equivalent of Catherine and is generally pronounced “cotch-leen” (at least in the Gaelic tongue). The name was brought to the British Isles in the Middle Ages by way of the Norman French name Cateline. The Catherine family of names all derived from the Greek “Aikaterinë” (see Catherine) which translates to “pure one, clear, innocent.” The name Catherine was borne by an early saint who was martyred in Egypt and came to be associated with ideals of courage and purity, qualities that were attractive to the Celts. In Ireland, the Celtic version, Caitlín, proved popular and gave rise to the anglicized version of Kathleen in England. The Irish legend of the Countess of Cathleen was put to pen by William Butler Yeats in 1892. During a terrible famine in Ireland the beautiful and fair-haired young countess offered her soul to the devil in exchange for food for the starving. Upon her death, the devil came to collect his due, but God interceded so Cathleen could go straight to heaven, so impressed was He that she would not only sacrifice her life, but her very salvation, for others. Caitlín (sometimes without the accent mark) is currently very popular in Northern Ireland and Scotland, but it is also a Top 75 favorite girl’s name in England, Wales, Australia and Ireland. In the United States, Americans prefer the modernized spellings of this old Irish female name so the traditional spelling of Caitlín is not ranked very high.

Popularity of the Name Caitlin

The Americans borrowed this little Gaelic lass of a name from the Irish in 1975, the first year Caitlin appeared on the U.S. female naming charts. Given the emerging interest Americans had in Celtic/Gaelic Irish names back then, the name quickly ascended the charts and landed firmly into the Top 100 list of most favored girl’s names by 1985. The height of Caitlin’s popularity was during the late 1980s. Once the name hit the Top 50 list, other newly reinvented and Americanized spellings of this classic Irish name began to materialize. Caitlyn was the first – just one small modification to the name. Then more spilled forth: Kaitlyn(n), Katelyn(n), and Kaitlin. If you are a true admirer of Irish culture, then you should use Caitlín with the accent and pronounce it “cotch-leen”. But we know you won’t. Americans like the “KATE-lin” sound – indeed, this name in all of her spelling variations is given to over 10,000 baby girls per year! That’s a lot of “Caitlíns” running around out there. We’re pretty sure most of them are not Irish, though.
Popularity of the Girl Name Caitlin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Caitlin

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Caitlin

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Caitlin

    Caitlin We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Caitlin.

  • Popular Songs on Caitlin

    Popular Songs on Caitlin

    Caitlin - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Caitlin.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Caitlin

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Caitlin

    Caitlin the Ice Bear Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Rachel and Kirsty are off on another exciting adventure - with the Magical Animal Fairies! Rachel and Kirsty are heading to outdoor adventure camp -- and another fairy adventure is just around the corner! The Magical Animal Fairies' seven animals are missing. The animals each look after a special kind of magic. If Rachel and Kirsty can't find them fast, nothing will be the same! There's only one magical animal left to find, and it belongs to Caitlin the Ice Bear Fairy. But Jack Frost isn't going to let the magic bear go without a fight! Can Rachel, Kirsty, and Caitlin outsmart him? Find the missing magical animal in each book and help save the fairy magic! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Caitlin the Irish Dancer Sticker Paper Doll (Barbara Steadman) - For lovers of all things Irish: one freckle-faced Irish miss and 21 articles of traditional clothing. Five additional faces, each with different hairdos, are also included. Stickers can be used and reused again and again for endless dress up fun. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Now Caitlin Can: A donated organ helps a child get well (Ramona Wood) - Freddie learns his little sister Caitlin's only chance for a normal life is a kidney transplant. In time, a suitable kidney is donated and Caitlin undergoes the surgery that changes her life. This picture book is based on a true story of a child organ recipient. The colorful cut-paper and fabric illustrations show the before-and-after of the second chance made possible by a compassionate deceased donor. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Princess Caitlin and the Little Lamb (Vivian French) - Princess Caitlin is SO excited about the costume competition. The winner gets to lead an orphan lamb in the Grand Procession. But will the twins spoil everything? Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Princess Caitlin's Tiara (Michael LaLumiere & Kim Messinger) - One rainy morning, Caitlin tells her mom, Watch out! I'm in a big old bad news funk! Mom tells her daughter about a special tiara that cheered her up and made her feel like a princess when she was a little girl. Caitlin decides to make one for herself. She covers poster board with shiny foil, blue ribbons, feathers and glittery diamonds. And when the little girl nestles her new tiara into her strawberry blonde hair, she discovers that a princess can do just about anything. Caitlin races penguins at the South Pole, rides a sea horse deep in the ocean and flies around the world to have a picnic with Parisian pigeons on top of the Eiffel Tower. But the best fun comes when Mom finds her old tiara in a box in the attic. Together, the two princesses enjoy a slumber party at Buckingham Palace with the Queen and then, before they fall asleep, plan a trip through space to faraway Saturn. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Tom Thomson's Last Paddle: A Dani and Caitlin Mystery (Larry McCloskey) - Part of a series. While camping in Ontario's Algonquin Park with their fathers, best friends Dani and Caitlin spend the night by themselves at an isolated site on Canoe Lake, rumored to be the favorite spot of the famous Canadian painter Tom Thomson. After a sleepless night, the girls are stunned by the appearance of a ghostly canoe drifting towards the shore. Is this really the ghost of Tom Thomson, the creator of The Jack Pine and West Wind? Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Caitlin

    Famous People Named Caitlin

    Famous People Named Caitlin - Caitlin Sanchez (voice of the animated character Dora the Explorer); Caitlin Thomas (wife of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas); Caitlin Lowe (Olympic softball player); Caitlin “Kitty” Carruthers (figure skater); Caitlin Cary (alternative country musician); Caitlin Lynn (country music duo Caitlin & Will); Caitlín Maude (writer); Caitlin Brennan (pseudonym of Judith Tarr, fantasy writer); Caitlin Davies (English writer); Caitlin Flanagan (writer and social critic); Caitlin R. Kiernan (sci-fi author); Caitlin Matthews (co-author of Encyclopedia of Celtic Myth and Legend); Caitlin Moran (British journalist and columnist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Caitlin

    Children of Famous People Named Caitlin

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Caitlin - Christopher Buckley (novelist); Shaun Cassidy (1970s singer and teen idol)

  • Historic Figures

    Caitlin - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Caitlin - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Caitlin.

Personality of the Girl Name Caitlin

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Caitlin

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