Catherine or Katherine

(89 Posts)
OooShiney Mon 25-Feb-13 16:14:43

DD has always been insistent that my bump in fact contains a kitty cat and not DC2, we haven't found out the sex but if it's a girl we've thought about C/Katherine with the nickname Kitty.

DD is Beatrice.

But don't know if we should put Catherine or Katherine on the BC... What d'ya think?

amck5700 Mon 25-Feb-13 17:32:56

I prefer the K for Katherine or even Kathleen instead smile

Sharpkat Mon 25-Feb-13 17:33:54

Definitely Katherine although I am slightly biased wink

bridgetsmum Mon 25-Feb-13 17:36:33

We have a Catherine, much prefer it spelled with a C but don't know why confused

Bluelightsandsirens Mon 25-Feb-13 17:38:24

What about Kathryn?

PixelAteMyFace Mon 25-Feb-13 17:51:34

Katherine doesn`t look right to me, I`d spell it Kathryn.

But if it was my DD I would choose Catherine - it looks prettier with a `C`

NaicePig Mon 25-Feb-13 17:53:11

I came here to say Kathryn too! By far my favourite spelling of the name. And what a sweet story to tell her about how she got her name smile

mrsnobby Mon 25-Feb-13 19:28:05

Just to add to the mix I like Katharine.

SorrelForbes Mon 25-Feb-13 19:33:48

I second Katharine (the original spelling, apparently).

BookWormery Mon 25-Feb-13 19:39:55

Nooooo HAS to be a C. It's classic.

A K looks hard, seems to sound more hard.

You could still use Kitty with Catherine.

chickabilla Mon 25-Feb-13 19:44:20


cate16 Mon 25-Feb-13 19:46:35

Catherine smile smile smile

whattodoo Mon 25-Feb-13 19:46:38

Katherine. Makes better sense of Kkitty, Kate, Katy etc.

HappyJustToBe Mon 25-Feb-13 19:47:48

I prefer Catherine.

Spoonful Mon 25-Feb-13 19:48:32

I like it with a C.

I prefer with a K, but both are beautiful names and go really nicely with Beatrice.

I prefer Catherine and think the nickname initials are a red herring. You don't spell William with a B, nor Margaret with a P.

GetOrf Mon 25-Feb-13 19:53:48

Katharine. It is the original spelling (from the greek katharos meaning pure, to be a pedantic twat about it grin).

Also the late great Katharine Hepburn spelled it so.

And it is my dd's middle name.

So completely unbiased of course wink

To me Kathryn is a very 70s variant, like Jayne, Carole or Karyn.

noddyholder Mon 25-Feb-13 19:55:07

Yes katharine one of my faves

GetOrf Mon 25-Feb-13 19:55:45

You have to be careful though. It's an oft-repeated Mumsnet baby names rule that only plebs names their children with names beginning with K.

(I am a prole with a K name grin)

WTF? How is it pleb-y to name a baby Katharine? confused

If you want to be poncey about it, Katharine is surely more correct as it's from the Greek for 'pure' and the Greek letter kappa gives us our 'k', not our 'c'.

(I owe this piece of pedantry to my mother, btw, it's not original because I'm not quite that barking mad.)

nickelbabe Mon 25-Feb-13 20:08:04

definitely Katherine.
my best friend is Katherine and it's dd's middle name.

plus all of the nicknames make more sense with a K

GetOrf Mon 25-Feb-13 20:09:01

There was a thread (or two) some time ago where people said that names beginning with K were chavvy.

Madness. I don't agree, obv.

It's mumsnet though, isn't it grin

gymboywalton Mon 25-Feb-13 20:09:31

definitely catherine

Catherine and Katharine are probably not derived from katharos anyway.

If we are going to be etymology pendants! grin

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