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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?

Lifeisontheup Tue 23-Oct-12 16:27:41

I'm not stupid -honest, well maybe a bit. grin

Anonymumous Tue 23-Oct-12 20:00:54

Catherine makes me think of catheters, if that helps...

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 23-Oct-12 20:04:07


JulesJules Tue 23-Oct-12 20:06:05

Katharine (as in Hepburn)

It is DD1's middle name. Registering at the Dr, I told the receptionist "Katharine - with a K and two As" and later saw she had written

ithaka Tue 23-Oct-12 20:06:05

I like Kathleen grin

Lovely Irish name that can be shortened to Katie/Kate.

eBook Tue 23-Oct-12 20:33:54

Yes Kathleen is nice.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 23-Oct-12 20:36:05

I actually really like Caitlyn.

CurrerBell Tue 23-Oct-12 20:52:18

I am biased but I think Catherine is a more classic name (think Royalty, Henry VIII's wives, Catherine Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights...). I do love Anne of Gables but don't agree with her on this point - K is to me a harsh letter...

azazello Tue 23-Oct-12 20:57:24

Katherine (also biased) from Anne of Green Gables, greek and Anya Seton's Katherine.

ATM she is Kate or Kitty

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 23-Oct-12 20:59:57

As well as being named for paternal family tradition, my mum wanted to call me Catherine after Catherine Earnshaw. I tought that was romantic until I actually read Wuthering Heights!
Im named after an adulterous, mentally tortured mad woman, with a penchant for roaming the hills with an abusive nutter! sad

Yika Tue 23-Oct-12 21:04:05

Catherine, shortened to Kate for me.

bigbluebump Tue 23-Oct-12 21:06:14

Wow, I'm surprised there are so many spellings for the same name
Any other name, and we would be accused of 'unique' spellings...or avoiding the name because of the hassle of having to spell it out all the time...grin

bigbluebump Tue 23-Oct-12 21:08:14

But I agree with one point: having the same initial for the proper name and short form are really helpful (when it comes to sewing name tags etc).

So Kathryn, Katharine, Katherine -> Kat, Kate, Katie, Kathy
Or Catherine, Cathryn -> Cat, Cathy, Cate

simplesusan Tue 23-Oct-12 22:20:41

I like Catherine best.
I think she will get whatever nn her friends choose for her!

EugenesAxe Tue 23-Oct-12 22:25:09

I would spell the K version with an 'a' in the middle - Katharine.

With an 'e' I prefer Catherine. I don't think shortening to Katie would be that weird. Pretty sure Kitty Bennett was Catherine.

TigerFeet Tue 23-Oct-12 22:26:44


Awesome name grin

I always wanted to be Katherine though so I could be Katy like Katy in What Katy Did

IzzyWizzyletsgetbusy Wed 24-Oct-12 16:26:55

Much prefer Catherine (biased) but admit there's no good reason for this. My Catherine is usually known by her full name but occasionally Kate or Katy, it's a well known nickname for Catherine and never been a problem smile

I never understand why people get so excited about Catherines having to match their nickname initial to their full names; no one insists that Ted can only be short for Theodore but not Edward, or that Beth can only be short for Bethany but not Elizabeth. When I was at school we had loads of Beckys too - again not the same initial as full name but people seemed to manage!

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