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Origin: Switzerland
Region Origin: Western Europe

Katherine is a girl's name originating from Greek, meaning "pure". The name draws its power from a saint martyred in Alexandria, known in Greek as Aikaterine, and receives its definition from the Greek word katharos. This regal name has been in use since the third century and has evolved into many forms in different languages and cultures, such as Katarina, Kathleen, and Kaitlin. The name Katherine has been associated with several notable figures in literature and history, including Kate in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and Henry VIII's first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Throughout its history, Katherine has been a popular name in English-speaking countries, with its spelling evolving from Katerina to Katharina to reflect its association with the Greek word katharos. Today, both Katherine and Catherine remain widely used, with Katherine being more popular in the United States since 1973.

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