Meaning ‘pure’, Catherine has been popular since the Middle Ages and is now back into the British royal family


CATHERINE a name meaning ‘pure’, it has been popular since the Middle Ages and may become even more so following the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.


Three Catherines who were wives of Henry VIII, Catherine Cookson prolific novelist, Catherine Gladstone independent minded wife of the prime minister, Catherine the Great Empress of Russia, Cath Kidson built an interior design business from car boot sales, Catherine Middleton, future Queen of England, Catherine Tate, actress and comedian Catherine Walker, Princess Diana’s favourite designer, Catherine Zeta Jones, Welsh actress who wowed Hollywood

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