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Catherine or Katherine?

(92 Posts)
noblegiraffe Tue 16-Oct-12 19:45:20

Which spelling do you prefer?

Also, could you call a girl Catherine and still shorten it to Katie or would that be weird?

MamaMary Tue 16-Oct-12 19:46:08


And no, that would be perfectly normal.

AlexanderS Tue 16-Oct-12 19:51:06

I also prefer Catherine. Why? I have no idea, maybe because that's how it was spelt originally. And agree you can still shorten it to Katie.

eBook Tue 16-Oct-12 20:20:01


I'd only shorten Katherine to Katie though.

jaffacakehips Tue 16-Oct-12 20:25:12


Don't know why but I think the 'K' makes Katherine sound a bit hard. But IMHO is much better than the Kathryn spelling which I really don't like sorry mil grin

WerewolvesDoTheFandango Tue 16-Oct-12 20:29:50

I prefer Katherine. I like cate short for Catherine though

SorrelForbes Tue 16-Oct-12 20:29:56

Or you could go for Katharine which I've been told is the original spelling (I could be completely wrong however!)

VerySmallSqueak Tue 16-Oct-12 20:32:51

I would do Katherine,so I could shorten to Kitty.

Lifeisontheup Tue 16-Oct-12 20:39:08

I would go for Catherine and shorten it to Kate but I may be slightly biased.grin

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Tue 16-Oct-12 20:47:25

I prefer Katherine.

BoyMeetsWorld Tue 16-Oct-12 21:40:35

Katherine, shortened to Katy . Or Catherine if you don't want it shortened.

noblegiraffe Tue 16-Oct-12 22:20:46

Argh, a complete split! My DH and I are agreed on the name but can't agree on the spelling. Impasse.

JustSpidero Tue 16-Oct-12 22:24:15

I think Katherine seems like a slightly more dated version, and on those grounds would probably go for Catherine.

HeeeresThing3 Tue 16-Oct-12 22:31:33

I prefer Katherine, but then as that is my name I probably would grin

BoyMeetsWorld Tue 16-Oct-12 22:31:40

Spidero really? I would've thought the other way around?

MakeHayNotStraw Tue 16-Oct-12 22:33:22

Catherine, definitely. Catie if shortened, but we never shorten dd's name.

<Disclaimer: might be biased!>

SchnitzelVonKrumm Tue 16-Oct-12 22:34:36

Catherine. It's the only way.

HeeeresThing3 Tue 16-Oct-12 22:34:52

Also people seem to shorten it to whatever they want. My old friends and parents call me Kath, my newer friends call me Kat, my MIL calls me Cathy and some scots I knew years ago used to call me Katie.

BiscuitNibbler Tue 16-Oct-12 22:36:45

Katherine (due to Anne of Green Gables obsession when younger and now - she said with a C looked smug).

JustSpidero Tue 16-Oct-12 22:36:53

I suppose I'm basing that on mostly knowing Katherine's at school and Catherine's now (am 37), also my mum is Kathleen which looks similar so the K just takes me back 20-odd years.

TimothyTumblespring Tue 16-Oct-12 22:38:07

Catherine, shortened to Cathy.


ChristmasKate Tue 16-Oct-12 22:39:31

I'm a Kathryn - just to add to the mix, but have always been known as Katie.

My mum used to be a hippy so I'm assuming the different spelling was due to too many Parma Violets grin

BananaPhone Tue 16-Oct-12 23:29:23

I defer to the definitive expert on names; Anne Shirley, of Green Gables, Avonlea:

"Well, one day when I happened to pick up a book of hers in the staff room and glance at the flyleaf I said, ‘I’m glad you spell your name with a K. Katherine is so much more alluring than Catherine, just as K is ever so much more a gipsier letter than smug C"

youonlysingwhenyourewinning Tue 16-Oct-12 23:36:03


Catherine can be shortened to Cath, Cathy or Cate/Catie, but not Kate/Katie.

Katherine can be shortened to Kath, Kathy, Kat, Kate, Katie, Kitty.

I think the 'K' looks nicer

MooncupMishap Tue 16-Oct-12 23:42:45

Katharine - from katharis, greek for pure.

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