Origin: Greek, Coptic
Meaning: a diminutive of Katherine, which has several possible meanings. It could be from Greek feminine name Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is uncertain. It could be derived from Greek Hekaterine from Greek hekateros meaning "each of the two".
The name could also be related to Greek aikia meaning "torture" or it could be from a Coptic name meaning "my consecration of your name".
Katherine has also been associated with Hecate, the Greek goddess of witchcraft and the underworld, her name possibly meaning "far off" from Greek hekas. The name has also been associated with Greek katharos meaning "pure", likely in reference to the purity of St. Catherine of Alexandria, and which resulted in the Katherine spelling.