Karin (pr. kah-rin, ka-reen, or kare-en) is a Swedish short form of Katherine, the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads, from hekas possibly meaning “far off” though another theory states it comes from a Greek word meaning “will”. It might also be derived from Greek aikia “torture”. Katherine could also be from a Coptic name meaning “my consecration of your name”. The spelling of the name was later changed to be associated with Greek katharos “pure”. Karin could also be a variant spelling of Karen, also another variant form of Katherine.
Karin (pr. ka-rin) is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:
- ka 華 “flower, splendor, beauty, brilliance, shine, flashiness; fine white powder; China, Chinese” + rin 鈴 “bell, chime” (華鈴);
- ka 伽 “nursing; attending; entertainer” + rin 凛 “cold” (伽凛);
- ka 花 “flower, splendor” + rin 鈴 “bell, chime” (花鈴);
- ka 佳 “excellent; beautiful, good” + rin 倫 “ethics, companion” (佳倫);
- ka 夏 “summer” + rin 凛 “cold” (夏凛);
- ka 夏 “summer” + rin 梨 “pear tree” (夏梨);
- ka 果 “fruit; reward” + rin 鈴 “bell, chime” (果鈴).
There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s かりん. Karin is also a Japanese surname written with the kanji 花梨 “flower, splendor + pear tree” or 華鈴 “flower, splendor, beauty, brilliance + bell chime”. Karin is also the Japanese word for quince (花梨).
Origin: Ancient Greek, Coptic, Japanese