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

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FakaP Thu 27-Jun-13 00:47:23


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.

HorryIsUpduffed Thu 27-Jun-13 09:38:58


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

TheSurgeonsMate Thu 27-Jun-13 09:41:23

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).

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 27-Jun-13 15:13:40

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


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