Origin of CatherineFrench ; from Classical Latin Catharina, Ecaterina ; from Classical Greek Aikaterin?; form and meaning influenced, influence by katharos, pure, unsullied
- 1520?-42; 5th wife of Henry VIII of England: beheaded
- A female given name.
From French Catherine, from Ancient Greek Αἰκατερίνη (Aikaterinē), *Ἑκατερίνη (Hekaterine), of debated meaning, possibly from ἑκάτερος (hekateros, “each of the two”), or from the name of the goddess Hecate. The spelling with 'h' in Latin languages, German and English, is due to a folk etymology, dating from Roman times, which associated the name with the Ancient Greek καθαρός (katharos, “pure”). The name belonged to a 4th-century saint and martyr from Alexandria who was tortured on the wheel.