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

The name Cathy is a girl's name meaning "pure". Cathy and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Pure and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change One Letter".

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One of the most popular nicknames of the fifties and sixties -- and who could forget the romantic heroine of "Wuthering Heights"? -- now largely ignored in favor of Cate or Kate.

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Famous People Named Cathy

Catherine Astrid Salome "Cathy" Freeman, Australian Olympic sprinter
Cathy Lee Guisewite, American comic-strip artist
Catherine Roseanne "Cathy" Dennis, English singer-songwriter
Cathy McLeod, Canadian MP
Catherine Mary "Cathy" Jamieson, Scottish MP

Pop Culture References for the name Cathy

Catherine "Cathy" Earnshaw, main character in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights"
Cathy Andrews Hillman, main character in comic strip "Cathy" by Cathy Guisewite
Cathy Dollanganger, character in V.C. Andrews' Dollanganger series
Cathy Gale, character on British TV's "The Avengers"
Cathy Chaterly, character in "Sims" series
Catherine "Cathy" Alessi, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Chatty Cathy, talking doll by Mattel
Catherine "Cathy" Hiatt, main character in musical "The Last 5 Years" by Jason Robert Brown