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Karin (F)>

Karin (female)

Variants:Kari (F)
Diminutive for:Katarina (F) Katherine (F)
Derivative(s):Carina (F)
Can be spelt:Kareen (F) Karen (F)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG
Private communication [KC]

Swedish and German, a variant or diminutive of Katarina, the pan-European form of Katherine, from Greek "pure".

Popularised in the US, Karen and to a lesser extent Karin were introduced into the UK from about the middle of the 20th century. The spelling is very variable - a fullish list is given under Karen.

A correspondent [KC] reports that her name, Kareen is an Anglicized spelling of the German pronunciation of the name Karin.

It is not clear if Carina is truly a derivative.