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Catherine is a woman's name, derived from a Greek word (katharos) meaning "pure." Alternate forms include: Katherine, Kathryn, Ekaterina, Katrina, Kathleen, Catalina.

St. Catherine of Siena, who was one of only three female Doctors of the (Catholic) Church, is a patron saint of young girls, students, nurses, firefighters, and Italy.

The Catherine wheel is a symbol of St. Catherine of Alexandria.

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