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Quick Facts on Caitlyn

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 405
Simple meaning:
Pure one, innocent

Characteristics of Caitlyn

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Caitlyn

Caitlyn is a slight respelling of the Irish Caitlín, which is the Celtic equivalent of Catherine. The name was brought to the British Isles in the Middle Ages by way of the Norman French version, Cateline. All the Catherine names originated from the Greek “Aikaterinë” (see Catherine) which translates to “pure one, clear, innocent.” The name was borne by an early saint who was martyred in Egypt and came to be associated with 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 C/Kathleen in England. The Irish legend of the Countess Cathleen was recounted by the Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats in an 1892 dramatic poem, “The Countess Cathleen”. During a famine, the beautiful and fair-haired young countess offered her soul to the devil in exchange for food for the starving. Upon her death, when the devil came to collect his due, God interceded so Cathleen could go straight to heaven. He was so impressed that she would not only sacrifice her life, but her very salvation, for others. Caitlin (the traditional spelling) is by far the most popular rendition of this name on the other side of the pond. It’s a top ranked female name in Northern Ireland and Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland and Australia. The United Stated and Canada prefer the spelling Kaitlyn with a “K”.

Popularity of the Name Caitlyn

Caitlin was the first version of this beautiful name to appear on the U.S. popularity charts in 1976. Within 10 years, there were already several new fanciful respellings of this name, such as Kaitlyn, Katelyn and Caitlyn (among others). Not only did Americans succeed in changing the spelling of Caitlín, but we also altered the pronunciation. The name is traditionally pronounced “Koit-leen” or “Kotch-leen” in Ireland. Despite Americans current love-affair with Celtic names, we’re still adamant about respellings and inventing new forms. If you are of Irish descent, or a true admirer of Celtic tradition, we suggest you go with Caitlín over Caitlyn. But we have to concede that you have a lot of spelling choices! Caitlyn is definitely in the “cute” category of names. All of the “Caitlyn” names (Caitlin, Caitlyn, Kaitlyn, Kaitlin, Kaitlynn, Katelyn, Katelynn) became so ϋber-trendy in the 1990s through today that the name has unfortunately lost some of its Irish originality.
Popularity of the Girl Name Caitlyn
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Caitlyn

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Caitlyn

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Caitlyn

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  • Popular Songs on Caitlyn

    Popular Songs on Caitlyn

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  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Caitlyn

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Caitlyn

    Caitlyn's Adventure (Debra Tanguy Herlocker) - When you are a little caterpillar with a big taste for beautiful things, how far can you go before you find something you never expected? If you are Caitlyn, one day your curiosity leads you to discover something wonderful you never saw before — and that changes your life forever in ways you could not even dream! A story for children of all ages, where a caterpillar with an eye for beauty meets someone who can give her something she’s always wished for. Lavishly illustrated by an award-winning artist. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Who Kidnapped Sheb Woolly? A Caitlyn Adventure (Debra Tanguy Herlocker) - One of Caitlyn's best friends is Sheb, a woolly caterpillar. Sheb can hardly wait to turn into a butterfly so he can fly everywhere and see the world. But the day before Sheb is supposed to become a butterfly, he disappears! Has he been kidnapped? Who could have done it? Can Sheb be rescued? Caitlyn will have to call on her old friends (and some new ones) to rescue Sheb — but she might discover there is more to the story than she knows! Who Kidnapped Sheb Woolly? is a story of mystery and discovery, fear and triumph, a story to share with young (and not-so-young) friends of your own. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Caitlyn

    Famous People Named Caitlyn

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  • Children of Famous People Named Caitlyn

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  • Historic Figures

    Caitlyn - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Caitlyn

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Caitlyn

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