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Gender: Female Meaning of Kate: "pure" Origin of Kate: English, diminutive of Katherine Kate's Popularity in 2017: #275

The name Kate is a girl's name of English origin meaning "pure". Kate is ranked #275 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Kate, in the headlines via Catherine Middleton, has been as pervasive as Kathy was in the 1950s and 1960s, both as a nickname for Katherine and Kaitlyn and as a strong, classic stand-alone name. Kate has an image that's independent, smart, and energetic, recalling Kate Hepburn, the heroine of The Taming of the Shrew/Kiss Me Kate, and contemporary Kates Winslet, Hudson, Moss, Spade and Beckinsale. Cate Blanchette has helped popularize that spelling of the name.

Kate has always been, and remains, mega popular in Ireland.

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Famous People Named Kate

Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
Kate Elizabeth Winslet, English actress
Catherine Ann "Kate" Bosworth, American actress
Kathrin Romary "Kate" Beckinsale, English actress
Katherine Kiernan Maria "Kate" Mulgrew, American actress
Catherine "Kate" Bush, English singer-songwriter
Kathleen "Kate" Capshaw, American actress
Kate Cary, English novelist
Kate Elliott, pen name of American novelist Alis A. Rasmussen
Katherine "Kate" Chopin, American author
Kate Wolf (born Kathryn Louise Allen) American singer-songwriter
Katrina Elizabeth "Kate" DiCamillo, American children's novelist
Katie Irene "Kate" Gosselin, American TV personality
Kate Garry Hudson, American actress
Kate Rooney Mara, American actress; sister of Rooney Mara
Kathleen Mary Louise "Kate" O'Brien, Irish novelist
Kate O'Toole, Irish actress
Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Pierson, American singer
Katherine Noel "Kate" Spade, American fashion designer
Kate Victoria "KT" Tunstall, Scottish singer-songwriter
Katherine Elizabeth "Kate" Upton, American supermodel
Kate Micucci, American singer, songwriter, and actress
Kate Atkinson, English novlist
Kathleen Erin "Kate" Walsh, American actress
Kathryn "Kate" McKinnon, American actress and comedian
Kate Moss, English supermodel
Katrien "Kate" Ryan, Belgian singer
Kate Anna Rusby, English singer-songwriter
Kate Tsui (Tsz-shan), Hong Kong actress; Miss Hong Kong 2004
Kate Todd, Canadian actress and singer
Kate Taylor, American singer
Katherine Patricia "Kate" Flannery, American actress
Kate Marie Nash, English singer-songwriter
Kathryn "Kate" Smith, American singer
Kate Lauren French, American actress
Kate del Castillo, Mexican Actress
Kate Vernon, Canadian actress
Kate Levering, American actress
Kate Lynn Nauta, American model and actress
Patricia Colleen "Kate" Nelligan, Canadian actress
Kate Zambreno, American novelist
Kate Marie Ziegler, American swimmer
Kate Elizabeth Voegele, American singer
Kate Jenkinson, Australian actress
Kate Earl, American singer
Kate Isitt, English actress
Kate O'Hearn, Canadian novelist
Kate Ashfield, British actress
Kate O'Mara (born Frances Meredith Carroll), English actress
Kate White, American editor and novelist
Kate Elizabeth Hansen, American luger
(Lucy) Kate Jackson, American actress
Elli Kate Norkett, Welsh Rugby player
Kate Griffiths (b. 2012), daughter of YouTube vloggers Beau & Emily Griffiths from the channel A Griffiths Life Vlogs

Pop Culture References for the name Kate

Katherina "Kate" Minola, main character in Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew"
'Kiss Me Kate', musical by Cole Porter based on "The Taming of the Shrew"
Kate Lloyd, character in "The Thing" series
Katherine "Kate" Austen, main character on TV's "Lost"
Kate Wetherall, character in "The Mysterious Benedict Society" by Trenton Lee Stewart
Kate Connolly, character in "The Scorpio Races" by Maggie Stiefvater
Kate, text editor for KDE software
Kate Gordon, character in "The Basic Eight" by Daniel Handler
Kate Randall, character on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"
Kate Pearson, character on TV's "This Is Us"
Kate Daniels, title character in book series by Ilona Andrews
Kate Bettany, main character on British TV's 'Bedlam'
Kate Lockley, a minor character on TV's 'Angel'
Kate, character in James Patterson's Maximum Ride
"Kissing Kate," novel by Lauren Myracle
Katherine "Kate" Kavanagh, minor character in '50 Shades of Grey'
Katherine "Kate" Fitzgerald, character in Jodi Picoult's "My Sister's Keeper"
Caitlin "Kate" Todd, character on TV's "NCIS"
Kate Monster, character in musical 'Avenue Q'
Katherine "Kissin' Kate" Barlow, character in Louis Sachar's "Holes"
Katherine "Kate" Beckett, character on TV's 'Castle'
Kate Bishop aka Hawkeye, Marvel comics character
Kate Curtis, character in movie "2012"
Kate Moreau, character on TV's "White Collar"
Kate Reed, character on TV's "Fairly Legal"
Kate Moretti, character on TV's "Perception"
Kate Callahan, character on TV's "Criminal Minds"
Kate Watzen, main character in Shelly Jarvis' "The Dreamwalker."
Kate Fleming, character on British TV series "Line of Duty"
Kate aka Offred, character in film version of Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale"
"Kate Is Great", song by Bouncing Souls
"Kate," song by Ben Folds Five
"Kate Crackernuts," English fairy tale and its main character
"Kate," novel by Valerie Sherrard
Katherine "Kate" Sanders, character in TV series "Lizzie McGuire"

Caitie, Katica, Kaitlin, Catie, Katka, Katy, Katya, Kait, Katee, Cait, Catee, Catey, Kathe, Cate, Katie, Kati, Kaite, Kata, Katey

Kate's International Variations

Cáit (Irish Gaelic) Katja, Käethe (German) Ceit (Scottish Gaelic)


Carla jemma Says:


I had the names Charlotte & George as baby names & William & Charles (Charlotte) & wrote them down then wrote Kate & Elizabeth I then thought I have a royal baby name Kate Elizabeth & kept it in my box then I decided I didn’t want Elizabeth as a middle name & kept Kate as a first name

justanothergirl Says:


How about Kathleen or Katerina/Caterina?

agw7897 Says:


Is there anything this could be short for other than Kaitlyn and Catherine? I don't like the name Catherine, and my wife and I have fought too many times over the spelling of Kaityn, it's not safe anymore, hahaha

bordercollie Says:


I love Kate, such a gorgeous, classic name. I prefer it as a nickname for Katherine, just so she'd have more options, but it's beautiful as a full name as well.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I think you're right about Katherine leaving your options open. If it is just between Kate and Katie though, I have known people to be called one and go by the other, according to preference. Katherine, Kate and Katie are all beautiful. You're lucky to be blessed with such a wonderful, classic name.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Kate and Katie are both beautiful, and definitely don't need to be short for Catherine/Katherine (or variants). I love Catherine, all regular spellings, but I actually prefer Kate and Katie as independent names. I like Cath or Kath, Kat and Kitty best as nicknames for Catherine/Katherine, for some reason.

Officialjuicyfruit Says:


My name is Kate and I love it! In my case, it's actually a nickname for Katherine (my parents used the nickname Katie for me until I was 10, but when I moved schools I decided to change it. Most people call me Kate, but old friends still call me Katie). I just think Kate is much more sophisticated and intelligent sounding. It is quite common, but I don't mind because it is a vintage-sounding common. Not as basic as Emma or Abby (sorry Emma's and Abby's). If you aren't insistent on Kate, I would suggest Katherine, because, you can start with one base name, and depending on what the kid prefers to be called, there are many nicknames from there :) (also wow I really don't shut up)

Lou Says:


I know at least eight people with this or Katie as a nickname. It's pretty but dull, common.

grace147 Says:


so sick of this name.

ThistleThorn Says:


I love this as a nickname for Katherine of course, but my cousin is named Kate.

Caroline Says:


I don't like it anymore!! Too plain!

Guest Says:


my mom's coworkers said they went with just Kate because people were gonna call her that anyway. That's smart to me. (though I prefer the full Catherine so there can be more nicknames)

AnonymousPerson Says:


I prefer Kat or Kathy.

MaryKathryn Says:


Classic and Kate Middleton wears it well!

ladybug99 Says:


I LOVE having the name Kate-- easily transitions from childhood to adulthood AND I get to tell people I'm a princess (technically a duchess, but not everyone gets that). Best of both worlds.