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Catherine Name Meaning

French English and Scottish: from the female personal name Catherine (Old French and Middle English Katerine) from Latin Caterina from Greek Aikaterinē which is of uncertain origin. The usual vernacular form in medieval England was Cateline; see Catlin . The personal name was very popular in the Middle Ages due to Saint Katherine of Alexandria a legendary Christian figure of doubtful historicity who was supposedly martyred under the Emperor Maxentius in 307. The modern spelling and pronunciation of the name with -th- is a 16th-century ‘learned’ introduction by clerics and other educated people who believed that it derived from Greek katharos ‘pure’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Caterina, Cater, Casterline, Mathurin, Angeline, Crumrine, Thesing

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You can see how Catherine families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Catherine family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Catherine families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Catherine family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Catherine's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Catherine families in 1840.
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What did your Catherine ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Catherine. 23% of Catherine men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Catherine women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Catherine were Labor and Typist. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    23%
  • Farmer
    23%
  • Truck Driver
    17%
  • Labor
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    19%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Typist
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Catherine. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Catherine. For the veterans among your Catherine ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Catherine lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2003, in the United States, Catherine life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Catherine in 1959 was 63, and 75 in 2003.

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