|Pronunciation||📣 \c(a)-theri-ne, cath(e)-rine\|
|Number in U.S||👶 664,000|
|Rate in 2021||575|
|Name origin||🌍 English|
Catherine's etymology is debated, but the first derivative of the name is most likely the Greek Hekaterine, derived from "heheterosmeaning "the end of reaching one", suggesting that Catherine shares her roots with the Greek Titan. goddess Hecate (Hecate). In Greek mythology, the Titans were overthrown by the descendants of her Olympian gods and goddesses, Zeus still held Hecate in such high esteem, that she allowed him to remain and retain her magical powers over mankind. Mythologies surrounding Hecate vary greatly (as do many ancient legends). For more information, see below for Hecate in the literary references. The Greek Hecate can also be connected to the Egyptian goddess of childbirth (Heqet). This popular-Christian driven etymology is given apropos of the influence of the 4th century saint Catherine of Alexandria, Egypt who was revered for the ideals of innocence and purity (see historical references below). The name Catherine is generally considered the French form of the name, while Katherine is more typically used among English speakers. It is a name with much literary and historical currency. Historically, the name was assumed by Catherine de Medici of France.
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