[name_f]Catherine[/name_f] has been on my list for as long as I’ve had a list–it’s my middle name and was the first name of both my aunt, who I was named after, and my great-grandmother, who she was named after. I love its endless nickname potential, its strength and history, and its meaning to generations of my family. I would definitely consider it for a future daughter’s FN or MN.
On the other hand, I’ve been really loving [name_f]Katrina[/name_f] lately. They’re obviously variants of the same basic name, so I certainly couldn’t use both, and I think it would still be a form of honoring the family name, although maybe not quite as strong as directly passing a name down through the generations. [name_f]Katrina[/name_f] has some of the same nicknames but has a little more spunk and flair.
I feel like my general taste is kind of split, which you can see if you look at the top tens in my signature: I really do like names that are extremely classic and traditional, some might even say a little boring (like [name_u]Michael[/name_u], [name_f]Anna[/name_f], or [name_f]Mary[/name_f]), but I also like names that are a little bit more different (like [name_m]Quentin[/name_m], [name_u]Rory[/name_u], or [name_f]Aoife[/name_f]). In terms of the latter names, I think [name_f]Katrina[/name_f] follows along more with the type of names I like outside of basic classics.
I think these two styles can definitely be melded in an individual name combo or in a sibset, but now I feel so conflicted between these two [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] variants! So: what do you guys think? What are your thoughts on these two names and any pros or cons of each one?