the one and only truly amazing katster (katster) wrote,
the one and only truly amazing katster

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KATRINA f English
Pronounced: ka-TREE-na
Variant of CATRIONA
CATRIONA f Irish, Scottish
Pronounced: ka-TREE-na
Gaelic form of KATHERINE
Pronounced: KATH-ur-in
From the Greek name Aikaterine. The etymology is debated: it could derive from the earlier Greek name Hekaterine, which came from hekateros "each of the two"; it could derive from the name of the goddess HECATE; it could be related to Greek aikia "torture"; or it could be from a Coptic name meaning "my consecration of your name". The Romans falsely derived it from Greek katharos "pure" and changed their spelling from Katerina to Katharina to reflect this. The name belonged to a 4th-century saint and martyr from Alexandria who was tortured on the famous Catherine wheel. This name was also borne by two empresses of Russia, including Catherine the Great, and by three of Henry VIII's wives.
HECATE f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Possibly derived from Greek hekas meaning "far off". In Greek mythology Hecate was a goddess associated with witchcraft, tombs, demons and the underworld.

Two things I didn't know prior to this: first, that the given form of my name is an English transliteration of an Irish/Scottish Gaelic mangling of an English name. Second, that the actual etimology of my name means possible different things, and that the commonly used 'pure' isn't exactly right. I thought that was kinda neat. So yeah, this site is cool.

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