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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

Catherine Astrid Salome "Cathy" Freeman, Australian Olympic sprinter
Cathy Lee Guisewite, American comic-strip artist
Catherine Roseanne "Cathy" Dennis, English singer-songwriter
Cathy McLeod, Canadian MP
Catherine Mary "Cathy" Jamieson, Scottish MP

Pop Culture References for the Name Cathy

Cathy Andrews Hillman, main character in comic strip "Cathy" by Cathy Guisewite
Cathy Dollanganger, character in V.C. Andrews' Dollanganger series
Cathy Gale, character on British TV's "The Avengers"
Catherine "Cathy" Alessi, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"