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Gender: F Meaning of Cathy: "pure" Origin of Cathy: Diminutive of Catherine

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One of the most popular nicknames of the fifties and sixties -- and who could forget the romantic heroine of "Wuthering Heights"? -- now largely ignored in favor of Cate or Kate.

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Famous People Named Cathy

Cathy Freeman, Australian Olympic sprinter
Cathy Guisewite, comic-strip artist ("Cathy")
Cathy Dennis, English singer/songwriter

Pop Culture References for the Name Cathy

"Cathy," American comic strip
Cathy Dollanganger, a character from the book/movies Dollanganger series ( Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, Garden of Shadows, Christopher's Diary: Secrets of Foxworth)