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Origin: Germany
Region Origin: Western Europe

Kathryn is a girl's name of Greek origin, derived from the Greek word "katharos," meaning "pure". It is a variant of the names Katherine, Catherine, and Cathryn, and has several spelling variations, including Katherine, Catherine, and Cathryn. The name has been popular throughout history, often chosen for saints and royal family members. The meaning of Kathryn is "pure" or "clear" in Latin and Greek baby names. In Irish baby names, Kathryn is considered a derivative of the Gaelic Caitlin, which means "innocent" or "clear". The name has a long history, with its roots in ancient royalty and sainthood. A famous example of a person named Kathryn is St. Catherine of Alexandria, a 4th-century martyr who suffered torture on a spiked wheel.

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