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Gender: F Meaning of Kate: "pure" Origin of Kate: English, diminutive of Katherine Kate's Popularity in 2013: #184

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Kate, in the headlines via Catherine Middleton, has been as pervasive as Kathy was in the 1950s and 1960s, both as a nickname for Katherine and Kaitlyn and as a strong, classic stand-alone name. Kate has an image that's independent, smart, and energetic, recalling Kate Hepburn, the heroine of The Taming of the Shrew/Kiss Me Kate, and contemporary Kates Winslet, Hudson, Moss, Spade and Beckinsale. Cate Blanchette has helped popularize that spelling of the name.

Kate has always been, and remains, mega popular in Ireland, where it is now still in the Top 20.

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Famous People Named Kate

Catherine "Kate" Bosworth, American actress
Kathrin "Kate" Beckinsale, English actress
Kate Ashfield, British actress
Kate O'Mara, English actress
Kate White, American writer
Kate Hansen, American luger
Kate Jackson, American actress
Kate Vernon, Canadian actress
Kate Levering, American actress
Kate "Katie" Nauta, American model
Patricia Colleen "Kate" Nelligan, Canadian actress
Kate Zambreno, American writer
Kate Ziegler, American swimmer
Kate Voegele, American singer
Kate Jenkinson, Australian actress
Kate Earl, American singer
Kate Isitt, English actress
Kate Stoltzfus, model; ex-Amish (reality show "Breaking Amish")
Kate O'Hearn, American writer
Kate Mulgrew, American actress
Catherine "Kate" Bush, English singer-songwriter
Kathleen "Kate" Capshaw, American actress
Kate Elliott, penname for author Alis A. Rasmussen
Katherine "Kate" Chopin, American author
Kate Wolf, American singer
Katrina "Kate" DiCamillo, American author
Kate Gosselin, American TV personality
Kate Hudson, American actress
Kate Mara, actress and sister of Rooney Mara
Kathleen "Kate" O'Brien, Irish novelist
Kate O'Toole, Irish actress
Catherine "Kate" Pierson, American singer
Kate Spade, American fashion designer
Kate Tunstall, Scottish singer-songwriter
Katherine "Kate" Upton, American supermodel
Kate Micucci, American singer, songwriter, and actress
Kate Atkinson, English author
Kathleen "Kate" Walsh, American actress
Kate Winslet, English actress
Kate McKinnon, American actress and comedienne
Katherine "Kate" Moss, British supermodel
Kate Ryan, Belgian singer
Kate Rusby, English singer
Kate Tsui, Hong Kong actress and pageant winner
Kate Todd, Canadian actress and singer
Kate Taylor, American singer
Katherine "Kate" Flannery, American actress
Kate Nash, British singer
Kathryn "Kate" Smith, American singer
Kate French, American actress
Kate del Castillo, Mexican Actress
Catherine "Kate" Middleton, Prince William's wife & Duchess of Cambridge

Pop Culture References for the Name Kate

'Kiss Me Kate', a Broadway musical
Katherine "Kate" Austen, character from television series LOST
Kate, a young adult novel by Valerie Sherrard
Kate, a song by Ben Folds Five
Kate Wetherall, character in novel 'The Mysterious Benedict Society'
Kate Connolly, character in Stiefvater's novel 'The Scorpio Races'
Kate, a text editor for KDE
"Kate Is Great", song by Bouncing Souls
Kate Daniels, book series
Kate Bettany, main character from british television show 'Bedlam'
Kate Lockley, a minor character from TV series 'Angel'
Kate, character from Lauren Myracle novel 'Kissing Kate'
Katherine "Kate" Kavanagh, minor character from '50 Shades of Grey'
Katherine "Kate" Fitzgerald, character in Picoult's "My Sister's Keeper"
Caitlin "Kate" Todd, character on "NCIS"
Kate Monster a character from 'Avenue Q' (musical)
Katherine "Kissin' Kate" Barlow, character in "Holes"
Katherine "Kate" Beckett, character on TV show 'Castle'
Kate Bishop, Marvel comics' other 'Hawkeye'
Kate Curtis, from the movie "2012"

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Kate's International Variations

Katja, Käethe (German) Cáit (Irish Gaelic) Ceit (Scottish Gaelic)