Which spelling do your prefer?.. so many to choose from!

(70 Posts)
FakaP Thu 27-Jun-13 00:47:23


GW297 Thu 27-Jun-13 00:57:16


'Tis my name and generally people ask if its with a C or a K then spell it correctly.

Marrow Thu 27-Jun-13 01:01:16


Sarahplane Thu 27-Jun-13 01:12:13


angusandelspethsthistlewhistle Thu 27-Jun-13 01:18:19

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Catherine because nn Cat.

SucksFake Thu 27-Jun-13 01:29:26

I knew this was going to be about this name grin

Catherine. DD's name. For some reason the K spelling looks 'hard' to me. No idea why.

wannabeawallaby Thu 27-Jun-13 01:39:32


AgnesBligg Thu 27-Jun-13 01:41:12


OutragedFromLeeds Thu 27-Jun-13 01:52:26


I prefer the K to the C. I like the nn Kitty, Kate, Katie, Kat. Not keen on Cath, Cathy, Cat (quite like Cate though).

Tortoiseonthehalfshell Thu 27-Jun-13 02:14:27

Catherine, because it's the most common in England, and it'll save a lifetime of having to spell it out. Well. It'll reduce it a bit, anyway.

LaChaiseVerte Thu 27-Jun-13 03:22:59


Khathrynne wink

PukousMucous Thu 27-Jun-13 03:43:56

Katharine, like Hepburn, the greatest Katherine of all time. And I'm Catherine.

TigerSwallowTail Thu 27-Jun-13 04:31:56


TheRealFellatio Thu 27-Jun-13 04:55:16

Catherine or Katherine equally. Avoid Katharine - everyone will get it wrong.

BabyStone Thu 27-Jun-13 04:58:57


FetaCheeny Thu 27-Jun-13 08:35:10


TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Thu 27-Jun-13 08:36:58

I hoped it was going to be this, as the only IMO legitimate name with lots of spellings!

Catherine or Katherine. Agree with Fellatio that Katharine causes more problems than all the other combos.

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Thu 27-Jun-13 08:49:26


meditrina Thu 27-Jun-13 08:51:28

Catherine or Katharine.

No logical or historic reasons, they're jut the ones I think look right.

ShabbyButNotChic Thu 27-Jun-13 09:04:38

Catherine..i think it flows nicer when written, katherine looks a bit harsh

DonutForMyself Thu 27-Jun-13 09:05:53

Catherine - can still be NNed Kate/Katy when spelled with a C and also Cat/Cate which are a bit more modern.

I think the C looks more friendly than the K and also "Catherine with a C" is usually spelled this way, whereas "Katherine/Kathryn with a K" would need further explanation as there are 2 popular forms.

Cloudkitten Thu 27-Jun-13 09:10:25

Catherine. It is pretty and classy, and nn Cat is much nicer than Kat, as is Cathy to Kathy. I think Katherine looks a bit unnessarily new-fangled (although I know it's an old name) a bit like Chloe/Khloe or its time, maybe smile

Kathryn/Cathryn a bit... square. The girls at school with this spelling were all square and quiet sorts and they tended to have sisters called Ruth who were also square. (I'm sure there are loads of non-squares with those spellings but it was just my experience).

I think the 'e' is prettier than the 'a' (Catherine to Catharine, Katherine to Katharine) it looks nicer. The 'a' is harder looking and if you said it properly - Kath-ar-ine - it sounds harder too.

TattyCatty Thu 27-Jun-13 09:18:15

As a Catherine, I knew this was the name you were talking about before I even clicked on the thread! Obviously I would recommend Catherine, but she will still spend her lifetime spelling it out because there are so many variations. However, if you are planning on shortening it to Kate or Katie, I would say Katherine.

Elquota Thu 27-Jun-13 09:30:56


commsgirl Thu 27-Jun-13 09:33:10

Catherine smile

ZolaBuddleia Thu 27-Jun-13 09:33:13


puffylovett Thu 27-Jun-13 09:34:51

I'm a Catherine so obviously I'm biased. I Would say though that I find the majority of people spell my name Kathryn which is annoying, as I have to correct them.


Although it starts to look like catheter on a thread like this.

Use whatever diminutive you like with whatever starting letter. IMHO using Cate from Catherine is just pedantic compared with Kate.

I like Kitty from Catherine. Citty would just be weird.

noblegiraffe Thu 27-Jun-13 09:39:35

Katherine if you want the nickname Katie otherwise initials are different. And Catie is just odd.

There was a Cathryn on the Great British Bake Off. It looked like it was spelled wrong.

HenriettaPye Thu 27-Jun-13 09:39:38

I like Kathryn with Katy for short

Catherine is the best spelling.

You can still shorten to Kate or Katie if that's your preference.

MyBoysAreFab Thu 27-Jun-13 09:41:31

My mum's name is Catherine. I have never really thought about it before but when I see it in this post, I think it is a lovely name. SIL is Kathryn.

Myliferocks Thu 27-Jun-13 09:46:24


DC5 has a different spelling of a popular name and it can be a nightmare.
We have never been able to buy anything preprinted with names on as it is always the wrong spelling for him. Iyswim
It probably doesn't help that his 4 siblings all have traditional names with the traditional spellings so can always find items with their names on.

Artesia Thu 27-Jun-13 11:48:00

Cloud Kitten, you weren't by any chance at school in North Yorks were you?! The Cathryn/Ruth, both slightly square, combo was at our school too!

mrsyattering Thu 27-Jun-13 11:50:10

Katharine, coz that's my name nn Katie grin

Elquota Thu 27-Jun-13 12:17:34

Katie is much nicer than Cath/Cathy IMO. So I'd use Katherine, nn Katie. I don't think Cate/Caty look right somehow.

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Thu 27-Jun-13 12:21:30

I wouldn't use it given the Middleton!

But, if I did, then it would depend on whether I wanted a Cath-er-in or a Kath-ryn smile

ItCameFromOuterSpace Thu 27-Jun-13 14:07:23


SleepyCatOnTheMat Thu 27-Jun-13 15:08:16

I would spell it Catherine as this is how Saint Catherine (i.e. the original Catherine) spelled it and to me it looks slightly more classy.

However this is not actually the most popular spelling. The positions of the various spellings of Catherine on the England and Wales baby name charts are as follows:

Katherine - #169
Catherine - #233
Kathryn - #615
Katharine - #1665
Cathryn - #3549
Catharine - not on chart

SleepyCatOnTheMat Thu 27-Jun-13 15:09:32

P.S. I second everybody who has said you can still use Katie/Katy/Kitty etc. as nicknames with Catherine (love Kitty).

Katharine but she will spend her life spelling it to people.

SleepyCatOnTheMat Thu 27-Jun-13 15:25:02

If the OP wants to use a K spelling she would be better off going with Katherine, MrsTerryPratchett - much less chance of it being mispelt.

LaChaiseVerte Thu 27-Jun-13 15:25:21

The route of the name is widely stated as "Katharos" the greek for pure, which makes Katharine the most "original" spelling I think Sleepy.

The friends I have with this name are called Catherine, and one is known as Kate. I do know one Catharine, which I think is v unusual, I also know a Catherine nn Catie, which I think is a bit specific and Katie would do. I just like how Katharine looks best. Really don't like the ys.

sundanceclaire Thu 27-Jun-13 15:33:51

Katherine, I like that it can be shortened to Kate, Katie.

gutzgutz Thu 27-Jun-13 15:37:11

what about katerin? kat a rin. old English as far as i know. nn Kate. just to add something else to the mix! grin

ShadowStorm Thu 27-Jun-13 20:16:33


MortifiedAdams Thu 27-Jun-13 20:17:26


barbiebostock Thu 27-Jun-13 20:34:10

Catherine smile I much prefer C names to those begining with a K (and i'm a Karen, would rather have been a Caron though) I think Catherine looks gentler and more traditional (not sure if it is or not! the same with other C/K names) and the K versions just look like their trying to be different, but without actually achieving it.

Onetwo34 Thu 27-Jun-13 20:39:08


Cloudkitten Thu 27-Jun-13 22:21:32

Artesia No, South East grin how funny!

OrangeJuiceSandwich Thu 27-Jun-13 22:26:19


ChewingOnLifesGristle Thu 27-Jun-13 22:30:51

I prefer Katharine or Kathryn.

I'd also stick to the full name and resist shortening to Kate/Katie but it'd be quite a job as it's invariably shortened.

GampyWabbit Thu 27-Jun-13 22:40:47



Or Kaffryn smile

SorrelForbes Thu 27-Jun-13 22:44:17

Katharine. I think it's the original spelling. Yes, I do have to spell it out but I like it grin

therumoursaretrue Thu 27-Jun-13 22:45:00

Catherine, I think it looks the nicest when written down. Possibly biased though as this is the spelling of my middle name.

LemonBreeland Thu 27-Jun-13 22:47:13

Catherine. I think it looks nicer. And despite having two good friends at school called Catherine and Katherine, I always think of it being spelt the former way.

MayimBialik Thu 27-Jun-13 22:49:05


My lovely sister is Katherine (nn Kathy). Catherine looks wet to me. And Kathryn, illiterate (sorry, completely irrational). But I love Katharine most. Very classy.

sleepywombat Fri 28-Jun-13 05:57:59


RaRaZ Fri 28-Jun-13 15:08:52

Katharine or Katherine - I HATE the 'ryn' ending.

gymboywalton Fri 28-Jun-13 15:09:41


Alisvolatpropiis Fri 28-Jun-13 17:18:41


FakaP Fri 28-Jun-13 19:56:45

Thank you for all the replies, MirandaGoshawk 'Kaffryn' made me grin

HoneyandRum Sun 30-Jun-13 05:40:31


We took it from the French, back in the day (hundreds of years ago) so that's why it is traditionally spelt that way in Britain and France. Most other cultures use a K in their versions of the name as in the original Greek.

There are many saints with the name. The most well known being Katherine/Catherine of Alexandria and Catherine of Siena. Catherine of Siena is a Doctor of the Catholic church - only given to some of the greatest saints whose theology has been groundbreaking. Her biography/life story is incredible.

DDs middle name is Katherine, we used that spelling so that her initials are the same as her dad's.

exoticfruits Sun 30-Jun-13 06:36:19

Catherine first but Katherine is fine, but not the rest.

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