Catherine vs Katherine

Curious which spelling people prefer! I like [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] but if we used any nicknames, I would prefer [name_f]Kate[/name_f]. But we would use the full name the majority of the time I think. Thanks in advance for any input :slight_smile:

I prefer [name_f]Catherine[/name_f], because I think it looks softer than [name_f]Katherine[/name_f]…the K makes it look kinda clunky somehow. Idk how much sense that makes as they’re said the same way, but aesthetically the K looks clunky

I vastly prefer [name_f]Catherine[/name_f]. Can always nickname her [name_f]Kate[/name_f] too. :slight_smile:

At the moment I prefer [name_f]Catherine[/name_f]. This makes me think of [name_f]Cathy[/name_f]/[name_f]Catherine[/name_f] in Wuthering Heights. There would be no problem with using [name_f]Kate[/name_f] as nn though. My other favourite way of spelling this is [name_f]Katharine[/name_f] (like [name_f]Katharine[/name_f] Hepburn). But I do like the name in any spelling.

I’m [name_f]Kathryn[/name_f], nn [name_f]Kate[/name_f], I always wished I was [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] but recently I’ve started to love [name_f]Katherine[/name_f]. I’ve spent a long time considering legally changing my name (I really hate my spelling) and if I didn’t just change it to [name_f]Kate[/name_f], I would go [name_f]Katherine[/name_f], so I vote for the ‘K’.

I knew a [name_f]Katherine[/name_f] a few years ago who was literally the brightest, bubbliest person I have ever met and I just don’t think [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] would have suited her.

They’re both good options, just don’t go [name_f]Kathryn[/name_f], haha!

I slightly prefer [name_f]Catherine[/name_f]. I tend to think of it as the most classic and traditional spelling, but I am really not even sure that is accurate–and I do go back and forth sometimes! I really love both [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] and [name_f]Katherine[/name_f]. I do think the “C” spelling is fine with the nickname [name_f]Kate[/name_f] unless that would bother you.

I definitely prefer [name_f]Catherine[/name_f]. I tend to prefer C to K in most names. To me it is softer and I imagine [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] as much nicer than a [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] (no connection to people I already know which these spellings). I find this is true for other C/K names too though ([name_f]Cara[/name_f] vs [name_f]Kara[/name_f], [name_f]Carly[/name_f] vs [name_f]Karly[/name_f]). I also prefer [name_f]Cate[/name_f] to [name_f]Kate[/name_f], but less strongly than [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] vs [name_f]Katherine[/name_f]. And I think you can definitely use [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] nn [name_f]Kate[/name_f]. [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] (this spelling) is a family name and they go by [name_u]Kay[/name_u] and [name_f]Katie[/name_f], so I don’t think it would be strange at all.

[name_f]Katherine[/name_f] was ranked pretty highly on our list, mainly because you can shorten it to [name_f]Kaya[/name_f] which is just adorable for a little girl. I find [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] such an old-person’s name.

I strongly prefer [name_f]Catherine[/name_f]; like some of the others, I also think it looks softer and more classic.

I see no issues with [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] being called [name_f]Kate[/name_f] and there is a lot of precedent for doing so. ([name_f]Catherine[/name_f] Middleton, for example!)

Good luck deciding!

[name_f]Katherine[/name_f]. I always prefer K for most names. It just looks nice somehow.

I prefer [name_f]Catherine[/name_f]. I also think [name_f]Cate[/name_f] is very chic.

I prefer [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] and you could still use [name_f]Kate[/name_f], or even [name_f]Cate[/name_f], if you want to.

I think [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] is more regal, and [name_f]Katherine[/name_f] is more “friendly” in a sense. Like common, but not in a bad way. I don’t know the exact words to describe it.

I do prefer [name_f]Catherine[/name_f], though.

Definitely [name_f]Catherine[/name_f]! There’s something about the letter C that makes it classic.

I much prefer [name_f]Catherine[/name_f]. The nn [name_f]Kate[/name_f] is totally acceptable. I know several girls with the same use of the nn.

I prefer [name_f]Katherine[/name_f]. It feels somewhat spunkier to me. However, you absolutely could not go wrong with either spelling. You could also theoretically spell [name_f]Kate[/name_f] with a C ([name_f]Cate[/name_f]), if you would like the consistency between given and nick name.

100% love [name_f]Katherine[/name_f]. I think the K is more elegant

Used to only like with a K, but now love with a C.

Of course they are both fine, plus [name_f]Katharine[/name_f] Hepburn’s spelling.

C sounds soft yet strong and I think a number of K names have a less than appetizing flavor these days ([name_f]Khloe[/name_f], etc.)

I love [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] with [name_f]Cate[/name_f] or [name_f]Kate[/name_f], [name_u]Kit[/name_u] or [name_f]Kitty[/name_f], [name_f]Cathy[/name_f], [name_f]Cat[/name_f] as nns.


I prefer it with a K. I don’t mind that it looks “harsh” because it balances out with the softer sounds.

I prefer [name_f]Catherine[/name_f]. It makes it ‘softer’ in some way that I can’t explain.