Name Meaning: Katherine

My mom used to love to watch the show “Beauty and the Beast,” a show that aired in the late 80s. The female lead character’s name was Catherine, and that is partly what inspired her and my dad to give me that name (though with an alternate spelling).

Ask what the name “Katherine” means and most sources will tell you that it means “pure.” This is true, if you associate it with the Greek word katharos. What many people don’t know, however, is that “Katherine,” which really comes from the Greek name Aikaterine, could have several different origins and meanings, including being related to a word that means “torture.”

Pure and torture. Talk about two completely different meanings. But the meaning of a name is what you make it. It could mean a soul who appears pure but is tortured on the inside. Or maybe I find pure enjoyment from torturing other people.

What does your name mean?

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