English, diminutive of Katherine

Kitty Origin and Meaning

The name Kitty is a girl's name of English origin meaning "pure".

This endearing nickname name is one Katherine pet form that predates all the Kathys and Katies, having been fairly common in the eighteenth century. With the current mini-craze for animal-related names, Kitty is sounding cute and cuddly again—she's already jumped back onto the U.K. list, at number 199.

Kitty was one of the Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice and was a character in Dickens's Bleak House; Ginger Rogers won an Oscar for her performance in Kitty Foyle, and vintage TV fans might remember the alluring Miss Kitty in Gunsmoke. Since then there have been pop culture Kittys galore, including Calista Flockhart's character on Brothers and Sisters, a mom on That 70's Show and Kitty Pryde, one of the X-Men.

Singer Kitty Carlisle was born Catherine, country singer Kitty Wells grew up as Muriel, and Presidential candidate's wife Kitty Dukakis was born Katharine.

A historical reference is Kitty Hawk, where the Wright brothers performed their aeronautical experiments.

Short form Kit has been used in recent years for several strong-willed movie heroines and may prove a lively alternative to Kate.

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Kitty Rank in US Top 1000

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Kitty Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Kitty Popularity

Famous People Named Kitty

  • Catherine "Kitty" CarlisleAmerican actress and singer
  • Caitlin "Kitty" CarruthersAmerican figure skater
  • Kitty PeterkinEnglish actress
  • Katherine Tupper "Kitty" WinnAmerican actress
  • Kitty FlanaganAustralian comedian, actor and writer
  • Ellen Muriel "Kitty" WellsAmerican Country Music singer
  • Kitty Eleanor SpencerEnglish model; daughter of Charles Spencer, Earl Spencer; niece of Diana, Princess of Wales
  • Jennifer "Kitty" Dunndrummer of American rock band Mindless Self Indulgence
  • Catherine Susan "Kitty" GenoveseAmerican 1964 murder victim
  • Kittystage name of Kathryn,Leigh Beckwith, American rapper
  • Kitty Kallen (born Katherine Kalinsky)American pop singer
  • Kitty Lange KiellandNorwegian painter
  • Katharine "Kitty" Dickson Dukakiswife of U.S. politician Michael Dukakis
  • Katharine "Kitty" O'SheaEnglish mistress of Irish political leader Charles Parnell
  • Kitty Székely (b. 2002)daughter of comedian/actor/writer Louis C.K.
  • Kitty Kemp (b.2017)daughter of actor Ross Kemp; twin of sister Ava

Kitty in Pop Culture

  • Catherine "Kitty" Bennetcharacter in "Pride and Prejudice"
  • Hello Kittypopular cartoon character (real name Kitty White)
  • Miss Kitty Russellcharacter on TV's "Gunsmoke"
  • Ekaterina "Kitty" Alexandrovna Scherbackaya (Levin)character in Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina"
  • Katherine "Kitty" Song Coveycharacter in "To All the Boys I've Loved Before", "P.S. I Still Love You" and "Always and Forever, Lara Jean" by Jenny Han
  • Katherine "Kitty" Formancharacter on TV's "That '70s Show"
  • Kitty MontgomeryGreg's mother on TV's "Dharma & Greg"
  • Kitty Sanchezcharacter on TV's "Arrested Development"
  • Kitty Walker McCallistercharacter on TV's "Brothers & Sisters"
  • Katherine Anne "Kitty" Prydecharacter in the X,Men series
  • Kitty Wildecharacter on TV's "Glee"
  • Kittycharacter in "What's Left of Me" by Kat Zhang
  • Kitty Skimpolecharacter in Charles Dickens' "Bleak House"
  • Kitty Hawkinscharacter on TV's "Mr. Selfridge"
  • Kitty Colemancharacter in "Falling Angels" by Tracy Chevalier
  • "Kitty" novel by Rosamond Marshall, 1945 movie and main character
  • Kitty Greenwoodmain character in novel "Kitty" by Warwick Deeping and 1929 movie
  • Kitty Wintercharacter on TV's "Elementary"
  • KittyAnne Frank's diary
  • Kitty HawkNorth Carolina, site of the world's first airplane flight
  • Kitty Jonescharacter in the "Bartimaeus" trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
  • Kitty Flahertycharacter in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
  • "Hello Kitty" song by Canadian singer Avril Ramona Lavigne
  • Kitty Pryorcharacter in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain
  • Kitty Cheshiredaughter of the Cheshire Cat in show and series "Ever After High"