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Gender: Female Meaning of Cat: "pure" Origin of Cat: Diminutive of Catherine

The name Cat is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "pure". Cat and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Your Own Family, Choose Their Family".

From the experts:

May be the most modern, stylish Catherine nickname: more unusual than Kate or Cate, with an animal and word name edge. Cat Power is a trendy folksinger.

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Famous People Named Cat

Catherine Elizabeth "Cat" Deely, English TV presenter
Catherine "Cat" Ommanney, American reality TV personality ("Real Housewives of D.C.")
Catherine Ann "Cat" Cora, American celebrity chef
Cat Power, stage name of Charlyn Marie "Chan" Marshall, American singer-songwriter
Catherine Vernice "Cat" Glover, American dancer and choreographer
Cat Rambo, American science fiction author
Catherine Anne "Cat" Reddick Whitehill, American soccer player
Cathilee Deborah "Cat" Zingano, American mixed martial artist
Cat Stevens, former stage name of Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou), British male singer-songwriter
Daly Joseph "Cat" Doucet, American male politician from Louisiana

Pop Culture References for the name Cat

Catherine "Cat" Ballou, main character in "The Ballad of Cat Ballou," by Roy Chanslor, and 1965 film "Cat Ballou"
Caterina "Cat" Valentine, character on TV's "Victorious" and "Sam & Cat"
Cat MacKenzie, character on British TV series "Lip Service"
Catherine Jane "Cat" Grant, character on TV's "Supergirl"
Catherine "Cat" Chandler, character on TV's "Beauty and the Beast"


paulapuddephatt Says:


This is fine as a nickname for names such as Catherine, but I wouldn't recommend using it as a given name.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Cat and Kit both sound like boys' names to me. Kit is a nickname for Christopher, so that makes sense, but I have no idea why Cat does.

kiwipop Says:


only if it's a nick name

Imnotputtingmynameonline Says:


I like this short for Katrina or Catrina

Guest Says:


Works way better than Kitty to me