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Caitlin or Katelyn

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RosaLuxembunting Wed 25-Jun-08 14:20:27

Thoughts please.
I know what I think.
<mutters darkly>

BetteNoire Wed 25-Jun-08 14:21:00

I prefer Caitlin.

BlueDragonfly Wed 25-Jun-08 14:21:01


because it looks like a real name. imo katelyn looks made up.

squeaver Wed 25-Jun-08 14:21:12


zephyrcat Wed 25-Jun-08 14:21:27


hana Wed 25-Jun-08 14:21:41

there are so many spelling for this name now, prefer Caitlin

MaryAnnSingleton Wed 25-Jun-08 14:21:47

Caitlin, no question

SquiffyHock Wed 25-Jun-08 14:21:48


Hassled Wed 25-Jun-08 14:21:56

Katelyn is made up surely? I would just think they don't know how to spell Caitlin. Caitlin is really nice.

Pinkjenny Wed 25-Jun-08 14:22:07


fishie Wed 25-Jun-08 14:23:23

i think that caitlin was originally pronounced kathleen so katelyn is actually more accurate.

RosaLuxembunting Wed 25-Jun-08 14:24:04

Thanking you most kindly for that unanimous vote. Am biting my tongue HARD today, but I had to find out if I was alone in my opinion. Seems not.

AtheneNoctua Wed 25-Jun-08 14:26:17


TheFallenMadonna Wed 25-Jun-08 14:35:29

Well, the Caitlin I know pronounces her name rather like Kathleen, so Katelyn wouldn't really do it.

wessexgirl Wed 25-Jun-08 14:37:00

I had no idea it was ever not spelled Caitlin, but found out today when a birthday invitation arrived in the post for dd2.

I thought 'Who's Katelyn????'

It took ages to dawn on me.

belgo Wed 25-Jun-08 14:37:09

Technically Katelyn is probably correct as Caitlin should be pronounced Kathleen, as other posters have said.

But I prefer Caitlin pronounced Katelyn. It's what I'm used to.

MadBadandDangeroustoKnow Wed 25-Jun-08 14:38:32

Yes, I always thought that the name Caitlin was actually Kathleen, in the original Gaelic spelling. So it isn't 'Kate-Lynn' at all, however you choose to spell it.

Izzywhizzy Wed 25-Jun-08 14:38:38

Definately Caitlin

cluttercup Wed 25-Jun-08 14:39:33


egypt Wed 25-Jun-08 14:46:42

i have a caitlin


TheFallenMadonna Wed 25-Jun-08 14:48:18

Pronounced Kathleen or Katelyn?

ANorfolkBroad Wed 25-Jun-08 14:50:33


ANorfolkBroad Wed 25-Jun-08 14:50:39


Turniphead1 Wed 25-Jun-08 14:52:41

Caitlin is not pronounced "Kathleen" although they are very related (Kathleen is essentially the anglicisation of Caitlin).

Caitlin is actually pronounced "Catch-leen" or "Cawtch-leen" in Irish depending on what area you are from.

However, it is now standardly pronounced "Kate-lin" by lots of people, including a lot of Irish people (but probably not native Irish speakers)

I am Irish living in England and have considered Caitlin as a name. I would pronounce it Katelin probably.

Katelyn is just a phonetic variation of the name. Nothing wrong with that per se - like spelling Niamh "Neve" or Siobhan "Shivon". It's a free world. Not culturally correct, but hey.

ninja Wed 25-Jun-08 14:53:03

It is the Gaelic for Kathleen - but it's pronounced a bit differently isn't it? More like Kat'leen?

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