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Quick Facts on Kaitlin

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • American, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 837
Simple meaning:
Pure one, innocent

Characteristics of Kaitlin

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Kaitlin

Kaitlin is borne from the many Americanized spelling variations of Caitlín, which is the Irish equivalent of Catherine and generally pronounced “cotch-leen” in the mother tongue (but most other English speakers pronounce it KATE-lin). 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 derives 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 (given the similar pronunciations). 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 modernized spellings of this old Irish lass so the traditional spelling of Caitlín is not ranked very high. But it does rank higher than Kaitlin with a “K”.

Popularity of the Name Kaitlin

The spelling variation of Kaitlin first appeared in 1981 (Caitlin came on board in 1975). The usage of the “Caitlin” names has been spurred on by an interest in Irish/Gaelic or Celtic sounding given names. Once the name took hold in the United States, parents began to alter the spelling. Now there are seven different options in order of popular usage: Kaitlyn, Katelyn, Caitlyn, Katelynn, Caitlin, Kaitlynn and Kaitlin. We hate to tell you (or maybe you’re thrilled to hear), this particular spelling of Kaitlin is currently the least frequently used of the seven. In any case, when a name has this many respellings it becomes a high risk cliché. You can see on Kaitlin’s chart below that she experienced a fair amount of success in the late 1980s and early 90s, but she has now dropped down to levels of infrequent usage. Don’t get us wrong. The Kaitlyn/Katelyn name is still quite popular in its collective usage. It’s just that all the spelling variations come dangerously close to cheapening the name. Caitlin is the true Irish spelling and Kathleen might be an alternative if you, like us, feel that old Kailin may be close to jumping the shark.
Popularity of the Girl Name Kaitlin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kaitlin

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Kaitlin

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kaitlin

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

  • Popular Songs on Kaitlin

    Popular Songs on Kaitlin

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

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Kaitlin

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Kaitlin

    Kaitlin's Wild Ride: Thoroughbred Series #68 (Joanna Campbell) - Like her hero Paker Townsend, Kaitlin Boyce plans to event internationally one day and Serling Dream is just the horse to help her make that goal come true. But Kaitlin's dedication and determination are seriously challenged when she meets Connor. It's not long before she is forced to decide if infatuation is truly worth giving up a beautiful horse…and a lifelong ambition? Recommended for ages 10-14.

  • Famous People Named Kaitlin

    Famous People Named Kaitlin

    Famous People Named Kaitlin - Kaitlin Hopkins (actress); Kaitlin Olson (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Kaitlin

    Children of Famous People Named Kaitlin

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Kaitlin - Shirley Knight (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Kaitlin - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Kaitlin

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Kaitlin

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