Monday, April 13, 2015
K is for Karin
We have 17 females in my Legacy database with the given name of Karin and all of them are Swedish. Karin is the Swedish short form of Katherine or Kadhrin and it is commonly used in Denmark, Germany, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The Scandinavian meaning of Karin is "pure." Both Karin and Carin are used (although each of our instances is spelled with a K). August 2 is the name day for Karin in both Sweden and Norway. To learn more about the name Karin check out Nordic Names.
A variation on Katherine is found in most languages from Basque (Katalin) to Hawaiian (Kakalina) to Polish (Karina) to Welsh (Catrin). Behind the Name states that the etymology for Katherine is debated and could derive from the Greek "each of two", from the name of the goddess Hecate, or from a Coptic name meaning "my consecration of your name."
Tomorrow it will be time to return to a male name - see you back here for the letter L!