What's in a name?

As far as I am concerned, names are very important and mean so much.

I looked up...google search on the meaning of Catherine...  I find it very interesting: the origins and the meaning in those different origins.

My understanding is that my dad named me Catherine.  I have always loved that name but to my young dismay, I was called Cathy until I moved to Palm Springs at 30 years old where I knew no one!  My Chance!  I flipped the switch, I did not change my name but started to use the name that I was given; Catherine.  Yes, it is on my birth certificate.

The strange thing about being called Cathy for my first 30 years is that it never felt like me.  I never felt like a Cathy, I always felt like a Catherine.  And today, when I am called Cathy by childhood friends or some family,  I have to take a deep breath and answer to Cathy.  But I will say, if you just met me, do not try to call me Cathy, I will not respond...I do not hear it unless it is from a voice I recognize.

I was so honored when my oldest daughter named her daughter Caitlin.  She is called Caty and is true to her name.  She is a Caty!

So, what's in a name?  For me it is a lot.  Have you checked into what your name means?

Catherine

The name Catherine is a baby girl name.

Meaning  

Irish Meaning:

The meaning of the name Catherine is: Pure. Clear. Innocent. From the Gaelic form Caitlin.

Anglo-Saxon Meaning:

The meaning of the name Catherine is: Innocent.

American Meaning:

The meaning of the name Catherine is: Innocent.

French Meaning:

The name Catherine is: Pure, clear. It was borne by a number of saints, including St Catherine of Alexandria, a 4th century martyr who suffered torture on a spiked wheel.

Latin Meaning:

The meaning of the name Catherine is: Pure, clear.     Form of the Latin 'Katharina', from the Greek 'Aikaterina'. It was borne by a number of saints, including St Catherine of Alexandria.

Greek Meaning:

The meaning of the name Catherine is: Pure. Famous bearer: Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia.
SoulUrge Number: 1
People with this name have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership, and to have personal independence. They would rather focus on large, important issues, and delegate the details.
Expression Number: 3
People with this name tend to be creative and excellent at expressing themselves. They are drawn to the arts, and often enjoy life immensely.

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