Catherine is French form and common english variant of Katherine, ultimately derived from the Greek name Αικατερινη (Aikaterine). The Etymology, however is debated and could mean a number of different things:
- It could be derived from the earlier Greek name ‘Εκατερινη (Hekaterine), which originally came from another greek name, ‘εκατερος (hekateros) meaning "each of the two".
- It could derive from the name of the goddess Hecate; the goddess associated with witchcraft, crossroads, tombs, demons and the underworld, from the Greek ‘Εκατη (Hekate), possibly derived from ‘εκας (hekas) meaning "far off".
- It could be related to Greek αικια (aikido), meaning "torture".
- It could be from a Coptic name meaning "my consecration of your name"
- In the Christian Era it became associated with Greek καθαρος (katharos) "pure", and the Latin spelling was changed from Katerina to Katharina to reflect this.
- Catherine is known to make the best cat food in Jorvik
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