Yep, it was one of the first things I learned about my name way back. However, I had gone on the misapprehension that my name was a Greek form from when I looked it up when I was about 5 - but it goes like this: [name]Catherine[/name] is derived from Greek terms at the root, and [name]Karen[/name] is the Danish variation. I just never look up my own name, so I just learned this a few days ago. Kind of stupid to love names for so long and be wrong about my own name for many of those years.
I know this isn’t your question, but I remember my mom rejecting [name]Katherine[/name] for my younger sister (she was considering sticking to K names, but could not find one she liked) on account of a [name]Catherine[/name] a little older than me living next door. Now that I think about it, it would be weird, and yet as I grew a little older, met another family up the block with a [name]Kathy[/name] and a [name]Karen[/name], very close in age. I think they seem different enough and yet they are the same name. Not the way I would go.
I was looking these things up last week as I had briefly considered deciding to go by [name]Kate[/name], and wondering if that would be too far a stretch, as there’s no T in my name. Plus I really like my name (I know hardly anyone else does!), but I love [name]Kate[/name] too. I might just be too old to start listening for a different name if I can even dare to introduce myself by it, and nicknames I’ve tried in the past just never seem to take off.
I think [name]Katherine[/name] is a fabulous name, but I guess I would have been a [name]Kathy[/name] not a [name]Kate[/name] at my age, so thank goodness for small favors - I just never liked [name]Kathy[/name], prefer [name]Kat[/name] or [name]Kit[/name] or [name]Kate[/name], or even [name]Trina[/name] (similar to [name]Margaret[/name]'s [name]Greta[/name] to me). I think I prefer it with a C, [name]Catherine[/name]. I love so many foreign variations of it too - they all sound so exotic and lovely. If you are going to ask about [name]Margaret[/name] next, I say [name]Mar[/name]-gret, or almost [name]Mar[/name]-grit (as opposed to Marg-ret or Marg-uh-rit, etc). Right or wrong, the g doesn’t hang on the end of the first syllable but is subtly placed at the beginning of the second, and there is no middle syllable. The gret part is closer to grit; I would put a schwa there to indicate it’s neither ET nor IT. You know, just in case you were going to ask next week.