It is a Spanish form of Katherine. Now, I've always seen Katherine-type names meaning "pure" but after looking deeper into possible meanings, I'm not so sure which is truly "correct." Here are the original possibilities:
- From the Greek name Αικατερινη (Aikaterine)
- From the earlier Greek name ‘Εκατερινη (Hekaterine) which came from (hekateros) meaning "each of two" which is similar to the goddess Hecate's name.
- From the Greek αικια (aikia) meaning "torture" which is obviously not ideal.
- From a Coptic name meaning "my consecration of your name."
Eventually, these were put on the back-burner and Katherine solely became associated with the Greek καθαρος (katharos) meaning "pure." To ensure that this would be the most popular meaning, early Christians changed its Latin spelling from Katerina to Katharina.
As for Catalina, it seems to be used most often in geography. There is a city in Arizona, an island off the coast of California, and another island near the Dominican Republic, just to name a few of the many.
As a given name for girls, it is used all over the Spanish-Speaking world including actresses and musicians and athletes from Argentina, Cuba, Columbia, Ecuador, Chile and Mexico. There are several Catalinas from Romania as well since they use the same spelling. Unfortunately, there is an American pornographic actress with the name. Not sure if that ruins it for you or not. However, that's just one person on a very long list of somewhat famous Catalinas from around the world!
I think it is gorgeous! I would use this instead of Catherine or Katherine and use the classy nickname Kate, the cutesy nicknames Cat or Cata (cah-tah) or the lovely and unique Lina.
Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Alejandra, Bianca, Cristina, Estella, Ignacia, Juliana, Lucinda, Mercedes, Paloma, Selena
Brothers: Armando, Cordero, Diego, Eduardo, Felipe, Joaquin, Leandro, Maximo, Oswaldo, Vicente
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Whether you have any Spanish roots or not, what do you think of this lovely name?