Danish equivalent of Katherine. It was first introduced to the English-speaking world by Scandinavian settlers in America; it has been used in Britain only since the 1940s, but had become very popular by the 1960s.
German: 1. variant spelling of Kämmer (see Kammer 2). 2. from a variant of Kammer ‘chamber’, ‘store’, ‘treasury’, hence an occupational name for a chamberlain or treasurer (see Kammerer). 3. habitational name for someone from Kemme.