Girl Baby Name

Katelyn

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Quick Facts on Katelyn

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • American, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 143
Pronunciation:
KATE-lin
Simple meaning:
Pure one, clear, innocent

Characteristics of Katelyn

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Katelyn

Katelyn is an American phonetic respelling of the traditional Irish girl’s name, 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. The Catherine family of names all derives 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 versions of K/Cathleen in England. The Irish legend of the Countess of Cathleen was put to pen by William Butler Yeats in 1892. Story goes that 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, 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.

Popularity of the Name Katelyn

Currently in America, Katelyn is the second most popular spelling of the traditional Caitlín; the first being “Kaitlyn.” Katelyn (as a spelling variant) first enters the U.S. popularity charts in 1981, so it was actually the first made-up spelling of the traditional Irish Caitlin. Today the amount of spelling variations of the name Caitlin is bordering on either insanity or absurdity. Americans are notorious for spelling alterations, and following the typical pattern, the first one to come out is usually the most phonetic; in this case, Katelyn. At this point, the name can almost be considered American rather than Irish, since both the spelling and the elocution are no longer the same as her Irish sister. The name is traditionally pronounced “Koit-leen” or “Kotch-leen” in Ireland – the pronunciation of “Kate-lyn” is more distinctly American. If you are of Irish descent, or a true admirer of Celtic tradition, we suggest you go with Caitlin over Katelyn. But we have to concede that Katelyn is the more preferred. We also can’t deny that it’s a very cute name!
Popularity of the Girl Name Katelyn
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Katelyn

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Katelyn

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Katelyn

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

  • Popular Songs on Katelyn

    Popular Songs on Katelyn

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

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Katelyn

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Katelyn

    Katelyn and the Crooked Tooth (Victoria Pammer) - Featuring the Tooth Fairy. Recommended for ages 4-9.

    Katelyn's Affection (Kirsten L. Klassen) - An inspiring coming-of-age story. With her parents separating, Katelyn's life is changing. Her boyfriend of two years, Nathan, has gone away to college. They had shared so much--their faith and volunteer work with kids. Is his silence now telling her how he really feels? Her best friend, Leah, is busy with first boyfriend. Katelyn feels so alone. But soon she meets Shawn, an outgoing classmate. One date leads to another and soon they become close friends. As Katelyn's affection for Shawn grows, she begins to wonder what she'll do when Nathan reappears. Recommended for ages 13+

  • Famous People Named Katelyn

    Famous People Named Katelyn

    Famous People Named Katelyn - We cannot find any celebrities of significantly popular people with the first name Katelyn.

  • Children of Famous People Named Katelyn

    Children of Famous People Named Katelyn

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Katelyn - Marty Turco (hockey player)

  • Historic Figures

    Katelyn - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Katelyn

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Katelyn

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