How popular is the baby name Ecaterina in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Use the popularity graph and data table below to find out! Plus, see all the blog posts that mention the name Ecaterina.

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Popularity of the baby name Ecaterina

Posts that mention the name Ecaterina

Baby names with CAT: Catalina, Cathal, Ehecatl

cat amid snow

Are you a cat lover looking for baby names that contain the word CAT?

If so, you’re in luck!

Because today’s post is a long list — or should I say catalogue? — of names that contain the letter sequence “c-a-t.” Most of these names come directly from the U.S. SSA’s baby name data.

  • Annacatherine
  • Axayacatl
  • Catalda
  • Cataldo
  • Cataleya, Cataleyah, Cattaleya, Cataleia, Catileya, Cateleya
  • Catalaya, Catalayah, Cattalaya, Catilaya, Catelaya
  • Cataliya, Cataliyah, Cataleah, Catalea, Catalia, Catalya
  • Catalin
  • Catalina, Catalena, Cataleena, Catalyna
  • Catalino
  • Catana
  • Catania
  • Catara
  • Catarina, Caterina, Catterina
  • Catarino
  • Catasha
  • Catavia
  • Catch
  • Catcher
  • Cate
  • Catelin, Catelyn, Catelynn
  • Catello
  • Catenia
  • Catera, Caterra
  • Cateria
  • Caterin
  • Caterine
  • Catessa
  • Cath
  • Catha
  • Cathair
  • Cathal
  • Cathaleya, Cathalia
  • Cathalina
  • Cathaline, Cathalene, Cathaleen
  • Cathan
  • Cathay
  • Catheline, Cathelene, Catheleen
  • Cather
  • Catherina, Catharina
  • Catherine, Catherin, Catheryn, Catheryne, Catheren, Catherene, Catharine, Cathirine
  • Cathina
  • Cathleen, Cathline, Cathlene, Cathlean
  • Catherline
  • Cathia
  • Cathlina, Cathlena
  • Cathlin, Cathlyn
  • Cathreen
  • Cathrine, Cathrin Cathryn, Cathryne, Cathrynn, Cathren
  • Cathrina
  • Cathrinus
  • Cathy, Cathie, Cathey, Cathi, Cathee, Cathye, Cathe
  • Cathyann
  • Cathyjo
  • Cathylee
  • Cathyleen
  • Catia, Catya
  • Catiana
  • Catiche
  • Catie, Caty, Catey, Cati, Cattie
  • Catilla
  • Catina, Catena, Cateena Cattina, Catinna
  • Catine
  • Catinka
  • Catiria
  • Catisha
  • Catlin, Catlyn, Catlynn, Catlen
  • Cato
  • Caton
  • Catonya
  • Catori
  • Catoria
  • Catosha
  • Catoya
  • Catra
  • Catral
  • Catrana
  • Catrell, Catrel
  • Catrenia
  • Catressa
  • Catria
  • Catrice, Catrece, Catrese, Catrease
  • Catricia
  • Catrin
  • Catrina, Catrena
  • Catrinel
  • Catrinia
  • Catrinna
  • Catriona
  • Catrisha
  • Catrissa
  • Catron
  • Cattleya
  • Cattibrie
  • Catullo
  • Catullus
  • Catura
  • Caturia
  • Decatur
  • Ducati
  • Ecaterina
  • Ehecatl
  • Hecate
  • Marycatherine
  • Staccato
  • Tlaltecatzin
  • Tzilacatzin
  • Xicotencatl

Which names with CAT are the most popular in the U.S. right now? The top five are Catalina, Catherine, Cataleya, Cattleya, and Catarina — all girl names. (In fact, the only boy names with CAT in the data at the moment are Cato, Catarino, Cathan, and Catalino.)

Which CAT name do you like most? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. Did you know that Freddie Mercury was a cat lover as well? Here are the names of some of Freddie’s cats.

Image: Adapted from Felis catus-cat on snow by Von.grzanka under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Where did the baby name Ecaterina come from in 1984?

Gymnast Ecaterina Szabo at the 1984 Summer Olympics
Ecaterina Szabo

The name Ecaterina was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. baby name data in 1984:

  • 1986: unlisted
  • 1985: unlisted
  • 1984: 10 baby girls named Ecaterina [debut]
  • 1983: unlisted
  • 1982: unlisted

If you were paying attention to sports that summer, no doubt you’ll recall the source: Ecaterina Szabo, the Romanian gymnast who battled it out with Mary Lou Retton at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. (Romania was the only Eastern Bloc country that did not boycott the ’84 Games.)

Ecaterina Szabo, 17 years old at the time, was the most successful competitor overall at the 1984 Summer Games, winning four golds and one silver. (In second place was American track and field athlete Carl Lewis.) Mary Lou Retton, who was 16 years old, won one gold, two silvers, and two bronzes.

But what most people remember is Retton coming from behind to beat Szabo in “the big one” — the women’s individual all-around competition — by a mere five-hundredths of a point. (The usage of the baby name Marylou increased in both 1984 and 1985 as a result.)

Ecaterina Szabo, an ethnic Hungarian, was born with the first name Katalin. She told Romanian news site Transylvania Now that her name was changed (from the Hungarian form of Katherine to the Romanian form of Katherine) in order to mask her background:

It happened in 1980 when she participated at the Youth European Championship in Lyon. “This was the place where I arrived as Katalin, and left as Ecaterina,” she remembers. “The name change happened without my knowledge. Actually I didn’t have the chance to realize it, since I never even saw my passport.”

What are your thoughts on the baby name Ecaterina?


P.S. Did you know another one-hit wonder baby name was inspired by a Romanian Olympic gymnast? Check out Comaneci

Interesting one-hit wonder names in the U.S. baby name data

single flower

They came, they went, and they never came back!

These baby names are one-hit wonders in the U.S. baby name data. That is, they’ve only popped up once, ever, in the entire dataset of U.S. baby names (which accounts for all names given to at least 5 U.S. babies per year since 1880).

There are thousands of one-hit wonders in the dataset, but the names below have interesting stories behind their single appearance, so these are the one-hits I’m writing specific posts about. Just click on a name to read more.


  • 2020: Jexi













  • (none yet)


As I discover (and write about) more one-hit wonders in the data, I’ll add the names/links to this page. In the meanwhile, do you have any favorite one-hit wonder baby names?

Image: Adapted from Solitary Poppy by Andy Beecroft under CC BY-SA 2.0.

[Latest update: Apr. 2024]

Kilcher family names: Atz, Farenorth, Jewel, Q’orianka

Atz Kilcher in the reality TV series "Alaska: The Last Frontier" (2011-2022)
Atz Kilcher in “Alaska: The Last Frontier

I don’t watch a lot of television, but I’m visiting my father right now and he’s got his TV on all the time, so I haven’t been able to help it lately. :)

The other day I was walking past the TV and heard “Alaska” — a place I’ve long wanted to visit. So I stopped to see what was on. Soon I was hearing names like Atz, Atz Lee, and Otto.

Who were these people? Where did they get such interesting names?

Turns out it was a reality show called Alaska: The Last Frontier, and the cast members were part of the locally famous Kilcher family.

Atz and Otto are the sons of homesteaders Yule Farenorth Kilcher (b. 1913) and Ruth Kilcher (b. 1920). Yule and Ruth left Switzerland for Alaska in the early 1940s. Yule went on to serve in the Alaska State Senate during the 1960s.

Yule wasn’t born “Yule Farenorth.” He was originally Julius Jakob (pronounced YOO-lee-us YAH-kob) but he changed his first and middle names after immigrating.

Yule and Ruth had a total of eight children — two boys and six girls. Here are the names:

  1. Mairiis
  2. Wurtila Dora (Wurzy)
  3. Linda Fay
  4. Attila Kuno (Atz)
  5. Sunrise Diana Irene
  6. Edwin Otto
  7. Stella Vera Septina (Bonnie)
  8. Catkin Melody

Many of the above also gave their own children distinctive names, such as Cornelius, Davin, Ecaterina, Gawan, Olga and Saskia.

One of Atz’s children is pop singer Jewel Kilcher, a.k.a. Jewel. Her popularity in the mid-1990s helped push the baby name Jewel back into the U.S. top 1,000 in 1997:

  • 1999: 453 baby girls named Jewel [ranked 557th]
  • 1998: 490 baby girls named Jewel [ranked 516th]
  • 1997: 330 baby girls named Jewel [ranked 665th]
  • 1996: 168 baby girls named Jewel [ranked 1,098th]
  • 1995: 154 baby girls named Jewel [ranked 1,141st]

And, moving forward another generation, one of Wurzy’s grandchildren is actress Q’orianka Kilcher, whose appearance in the movie The New World (2005) made Qorianka a one-hit wonder on the baby name charts in 2006.

(Q’orianka told the press that her name means “golden eagle” in Quechua, and it does seem to be based on the Quechua words for “gold,” quri, and “eagle,” anca, but I’m not sure whether it’s a legit Quechua name or a modern invention.)

So do any of you guys watch Alaska: The Last Frontier regularly? Have I missed any other good Kilcher names?

Image: Screenshot of Alaska: The Last Frontier