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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 "Switcher Machine".

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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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GenEric Says:


This is the best nickname of Catherine.

josephinedagnall Says:


I much prefer this to Cate, Kate, etc, and I especially love the connection to 'Wuthering Heights'. I still much prefer Cat as a diminutive of Catherine, though.

Daiseymae Says:


I love the book.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this as a nickname for Catherine and variants, and it does bring to mind Cathy from "Wuthering Heights".

Catastroffy Says:


I much prefer this to Kate et al.