||[Aug. 4th, 2004|01:31 am]
Okay, so this is really weird but I just discovered that I created but never joined this community and forgot it existed until now. Hi though! Glad to see there's a few others out there who are interested in naming practices.|
I'm Kate--I've gone by that my whole life; only the dentist and a few misled bureaucrats have ever called me Katharine, even though I like the name. I like to see it in print, but I never respond to it. I left my wallet at a campsite self-registration over the weekend and someone found it and tracked down our tent and asked if we had a Katharine in the party; I was confused and said no and then the guy was skeptical when I realized it was my wallet, but fortunately my ID looks like me. I've just never heard anyone phrase it exactly like that, "Do you have a Katharine?" as opposed to "Are you Katharine." But anyway.
I've lived most of my life thinking the name meant 'pure', a meaning I don't really care about, but I have recently discovered that some people think it may be derived from the Greek goddess Hecate. The double derivation intrigues me! Will check if there's any evidence to this claim.
Anyway, most of the time I search the web and various other places for people with weird names and try to dissuade mothers from giving their children excessively horrible monikers such as Zoom-Zoom. (I'm not kidding.)
Heehee, a friend of my partner called her daughter Dragomira. She cites the meaning "most precious peace", which is nice and all, but it sounds truly dreadful to most English speakers!
2004-08-04 06:14 am (UTC)
My favorite odd name came from when I was a student in college. Someone there was named Happy Thanksgiving for a first and middle name.
According to the Oxford Concise Dictionary of First Names your name first appeared as Greek Aikaterine got mixed up with Greek word katharos and was "corrected" to be spelled with a "th". It mentions that Hecate as a source is etymologically unconvincing.
Linguistics and etymology are careful sciences. So unless someone can prove without a doubt, a word will get marked as unknown. Officially, Katharine is marked as Unknown Origins by serious scholars. But it's use as a name comes from many saints.
That's really interesting. I guess I had never looked it up before or read this and forgot it. :) I highly recommend the above book for name studies. Except the current edition has been marketed towards parents as opposed to the scholars it was originally written for. So it'll have images of naked babies on the cover now. :p Beats one of those Bruce Lansky books which gives Mortal Kombat characters as names under it's "Japanese" section.
2007-06-04 08:01 am (UTC)
look at behindthename.com, it's the most trustworthy source on the web for name meanings. My name is a variation of Katherine, and I believe that the direct origin is from the Greek "heka teras" or "hundred wonders". It may have been associated with the goddess Hecate (which has a separate derivation), and it was certainly later influenced by the Greek word "katharos" or "pure". Aikaterine, the oldest known form of the name, is considered to be of unknown origin by most scholars. It did not mean "pure," that meaning was given later by the Romans, because of an incomplete understanding of the Greek language.