Quick Facts on Katelynn
- American, English, Irish
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Pure, clear, innocent
Characteristics of Katelynn
Etymology & Historical Origin - Katelynn
Katelynn is more of a modern English or Americanized form of Caitlín, which itself is the Irish equivalent of Catherine (although it’s pronounced “cotch-leen” in its Gaelic tongue). Originally, the name Catherine was brought to the British Isles in the Middle Ages by way of the Norman-French version Cateline which was transformed into Caitlín by the Irish. The Catherine family of names all derive 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. 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. In fact, American parents have created a bevy of alternate spellings: Kaitlyn, Katelyn, Caitlyn, Katelynn, Kaitlynn and Kaitlin. The specific spelling of Katelynn is given to about 10% of the baby “Caitlins” being born in the U.S.
Popularity of the Name Katelynn
We have to admit, Katelynn seems to be one of the most straight-forward Anglicizations of the Irish lass Caitlín (even though the two languages pronounce the name differently). Unfortunately, the more this name is respelled, the farther away it gets from its true Irish roots – although we suspect most parents aren’t bothered by this fact. The spelling of Katelynn has existed on the U.S. female naming charts since 1986 (right as Caitlin was reaching America’s Top 100 list). As Caitlin became more popular nationwide in the 1980s, we begin to see all these spelling variations emerge. Today Kaitlyn and Katelyn are the most preferred spellings. Katelynn with two “n”s does moderately well. With seven potential ways to spell this Irish charmer, there’s quite a bit of competition. The name is far more common and trendy than first meets the eye. In all of her spelling formations, the Caitlin name is given to about 10,000 baby girls per year. That’s a pretty hefty number on a relative basis.
Popularity of the Girl Name Katelynn
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Katelynn
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Katelynn
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Popular Songs on Katelynn
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Katelynn
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Famous People Named Katelynn
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Children of Famous People Named Katelynn
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Katelynn - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Girl Name Katelynn
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 - Katelynn