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Do you prefer Katherine or Katerina?

(28 Posts)
Kyrie Sun 11-Sep-11 13:16:20

I think I prefer Katerina but do you think it's a bit Russian Princess, I don't know, I think I like it because it sounds to me very feminine but not babyish?

Katherine might be a bit boring, but classic and strong which is the type of name I like, maybe goes better with DD name Adelaide?

Any thoughts thanks.

allday Sun 11-Sep-11 13:29:05

Katherine. I like Katerina but think Katherine is stronger and more current. Katerina isn't quite the same but almost all the girls in my 8yos class have very feminine names, mostly ending in y/ie/ia and whilst they are nice names they do sound dated now.

PuppyMonkey Sun 11-Sep-11 13:32:07

I like Katherine. Actually, I like Catherine better and I have no idea why.

CurwySwide Sun 11-Sep-11 13:32:35

I much prefer Katherine - think it is a lovely name.

mayanna123 Sun 11-Sep-11 13:47:34

I prefer Katharina, pronounced Kat-a-reena.

Kayano Sun 11-Sep-11 13:50:40

I actually hate Katherine, I think it is so boring!

Cereal Sun 11-Sep-11 13:51:31


Kyrie Sun 11-Sep-11 13:54:55

Katerina is pronouced Kat-a-reena mayanna123 so same name really. Is it obvious that Katerina is pronouced like that? Maybe not.

I like Katherine, just aware I probably sound like a Royalist when put next to DD name and i'm not at all.

bibbitybobbityhat Sun 11-Sep-11 13:58:19

Katherine - but I much prefer Catherine.

MelinaM Sun 11-Sep-11 14:03:55

Katherine, but prefer the spelling Catharinesmile

mayanna123 Sun 11-Sep-11 15:20:19

Yes, Katharina and Katerina are pronounced the same, Kyrie. I guess I'm more used to the look of Katharina, but both would be fine.

dearheart Sun 11-Sep-11 18:31:19

I like Katherine, and I like Katya. Katerina is lovely but not for an English girl imo.

RoyalWelsh Sun 11-Sep-11 18:41:57

My name is one of them and I hate it. I hate nearly all the variations of it. My course director at university took one look at it, my middle name and then me and said "if I was your mother I would have called you by your middle name and dropped the first one." and then spent the rest of the three year course calling me by my middle name.

I have, however, just realised that I like Kitty and that could be a diminutive.

I also now realise that I do not mean variations, I mean diminutives... Don't I? Oh it's been a long day...

HeidiHole Sun 11-Sep-11 18:52:22

Katherine is easily my prefered choice although i'd spell it Catherine if it were me.

Cereal Sun 11-Sep-11 20:58:40

Karina is nice too.

Kyrie Sun 11-Sep-11 23:20:33

Karina is nice actually, or maybe Carine?

Thanks for the replies, despite nearly everyone preferring Katherine I think I'm feeling more drawn to Katerina. I have thought today how much DS1 might sound out of place with 2 royal type of names. I will keep looking for now and will ask DH about Carine.

MrsRhettButler Sun 11-Sep-11 23:23:16

Katerina definitely nicer (my middle name is Katherine)

MrsRhettButler Sun 11-Sep-11 23:23:40

And yes, it's boring and kathy! Urgh

OvO Sun 11-Sep-11 23:26:50

But Katerina is evil! <has watched too much Vampire Diaries>

It's a pretty name though. I can't say it without wanting to do a dodgy foreign accent though. blush

I love Katherine and have no accent problems with that! grin

MrsRhettButler Sun 11-Sep-11 23:37:59

That's what I thought OvO, I can't say it in 'english' grin

blonderedhead Sun 11-Sep-11 23:39:21

I'm Katherine so I'm biased, but I think it's lovely and the best spelling! My mum chose it after reading the book by Anya Seton because she liked the way it looked written down (not because she hoped I'd become a royal mistress and beget a dynasty) and it's one of my favourite books. I might have to go and re-read it now...

blonderedhead Sun 11-Sep-11 23:41:47

ps Love Adelaide too

mathanxiety Mon 12-Sep-11 00:17:31

Katerina here. I like Kathryn but not Katherine (or Catherine), but I like Katerina -- and Ekaterina -- more. I like Russian / Greek names

diddl Mon 12-Sep-11 15:30:22

I prefer Katerina, Catrina or Catriona.

EricNorthmansMistress Mon 12-Sep-11 20:21:34

I'm Katherine and I do love my name. I think Katerina is a bit much for an english child. My H's pronunciation turns it into Katrin which I like, or Katrina. Both better (less fussy?) than Katerina. I like Karima (Katherine in Arabic) and Karine.

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