Origin : Anglicized form of Irish Caitlin


The name Kathleen is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "pure". Kathleen is the early Irish import version that came between Katherine and Kaitlin, and which hasn't been used in so long it's almost beginning to sound fresh again. It was a surprise pick by one of the hip Dixie Chicks, Martie Maguire. Kathleen was a Top 10 name from 1948 to 1951, and it is the subject of several old sentimental songs, such as "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen." From the eighteenth century, Kathleen Ni Houlihan appears in Irish songs as a symbol of Ireland, representing its struggle for independence. Kathy Griffin and Kate Walsh were born Kathleen, and it's J.K. Rowling's middle name. JFK's sister Kathleen was known as Kick.

Popularity of name Kathleen over time

There are 713600 people in the U.S. with the first name Kathleen, this name was mostly popular in 1951 with popularity 26715 .

Kathleen is used for both genders.

0.24 percent of people with the first name Kathleen are man

99.76 percent of people with the first name Kathleen are woman

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Most Famous People Named Kathleen

American musician and activist
American politician; daughter of politician Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel
Elliot Stabler's daughter on "Law and Order: SVU"
American actress
American politician
American actress
from the movie "Casper the Friendly Ghost"
character in "Fall on Your Knees" (Anne-Marie MacDonald)
American actress/comedian
personification of Ireland
character in DC Universe
American author
American model/actress
character on TV's Call the midwife
one of the Twelve Dancing Princesses in the Barbie version
character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
American actress
Canadian politician
Meg Ryan's character in "You've Got Mail"
character on "Medium"
1941 film starring Shirley Temple
U.S. health secretary and former governor of Kansas
sister of U.S. President John F. Kennedy
" song by Catfish and the Bottlemen

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Names Created Using the Letters in Kathleen