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Gender: Female Meaning of Cate: "pure" Origin of Cate: English diminutive of Catherine

The name Cate is a girl's name of English, Greek origin meaning "pure". Cate and is often added to lists like Video Game Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding then Eliminating - Boys Themed".

From the experts:

Time was, even C-starting Catherines who called themselves Kate spelled it with a K, but Cate Blanchett changed all. Cate is now as acceptable as (but not as well used as) Kate. Cait might be short for Caitlin.

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Famous People Named Cate

Catherine Elise "Cate" Blanchett, Australian actress
Catherine Elizabeth "Cate" Edwards, attorney and daughter of former U.S. Senator John Edwards
Cate Marvin, American poet
Cate Elefante, American actress
Cate Tiernan, pen name for American novelist Gabrielle Charbonnet
Cate Shortland, Australian film director and screenwriter
Cate Sweeney, English playwright
Cate Natalie Campbell, Australian Olympic swimmer
Field Adrianus Cate, American musician, from band Fencer

Pop Culture References for the name Cate

Cate Cassidy, character on TV's "Life Unexpected"
Cate School, coed private high school in Carpinteria, California


paulapuddephatt Says:


I prefer Kate or Katie, and it works fine for Catherine, Catharine, Cathryn, Cathleen, Catharina, etc.

wavygirl Says:


Cute! Cate Blanchett rocks her world!