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Gender: F Meaning of Kate: "pure" Origin of Kate: English, diminutive of Katherine Kate's Popularity in 2015: #222

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.

Famous People Named Kate

Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
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 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
Katie Irene "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

Pop Culture References for the name Kate

Kate, character in James Patterson's Maximum Ride
Katherina "Kate" Minola, main character in Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew"
'Kiss Me Kate', musical by Cole Porter based on "The Taming of the Shrew"
Katherine "Kate" Austen, female lead on the hit television show "Lost"
"Kate," novel by Valerie Sherrard
Kate Wetherall, character in "The Mysterious Benedict Society" by Trenton Lee Stewart
Kate Connolly, character in "The Scorpio Races" by Maggie Stiefvater
Kate, text editor for KDE software
Kate Gordon, character in "The Basic Eight" by Daniel Handler
Kate Randall, character on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"
Kate Daniels, title character in book series by Ilona Andrews
Kate Bettany, main character on British TV's 'Bedlam'
Kate Lockley, a minor character on TV's 'Angel'
"Kissing Kate," novel by Lauren Myracle
Katherine "Kate" Kavanagh, minor character in '50 Shades of Grey'
Katherine "Kate" Fitzgerald, character in Jodi Picoult's "My Sister's Keeper"
Caitlin "Kate" Todd, character on TV's "NCIS"
Kate Monster, character in musical 'Avenue Q'
Katherine "Kissin' Kate" Barlow, character in Louis Sachar's "Holes"
Katherine "Kate" Beckett, character on TV's 'Castle'
Kate Bishop aka Hawkeye, Marvel comics character
Kate Curtis, character in movie "2012"
Kate Moreau, character on TV's "White Collar"
Kate Reed, character on TV's "Fairly Legal"
Kate Moretti, character on TV's "Perception"
Kate Callahan, character on TV's "Criminal Minds"
"Kate Is Great", song by Bouncing Souls
"Kate," song by Ben Folds Five
Kate, the titular character in the English fairy tale 'Kate Crackernuts'
Kate Watzen, main character in Shelly Jarvis' YA book, "The Dreamwalker."

Caitie, Katica, Kaitlin, Catie, Katka, Katy, Katya, Kait, Katee, Cait, Catee, Catey, Kathe, Cate, Katie, Kati, Kaite, Kata, Katey

Kate's International Variations

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