A variant spelling of Catherine, based on the folk etymology that it would derive from Greek καθαρός (katharos "pure").
- A female given name.
- 1594, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act II, Scene I:
- Petruchio.Good morrow, Kate; for that's your name, I hear.
- Katharina.Well have you heard, but something hard of hearing:
- They call me Katharine that do talk of me.