Gender: Female Meaning of Kate: "pure" Origin of Kate: English, diminutive of Katherine Kate's Popularity in 2019: #324

Kate Origin and Meaning

The name Kate is a girl's name of English origin meaning "pure".

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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Rank in US: #324

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Famous People Named Kate

Pop Culture References for the name Kate

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

Kate's International Variations

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


NameLover2020 Says:


Kate is one of my favorite names. I like it as a nn for Katherine or on its own. Either way it's beautiful. Katie is ugly and too trendy, while Kate is sophisticated and smarter.

bellalily Says:


I know this is from 3 years ago, but I’ve been it be suggested as a nickname for Charlotte. Says:


yeah me too Says:


I am so sorry for you Says:


My mom is named kate


toddyRV Says:


Before I had decided on Roslyn Jemima I thought of Kate Jasmine or Jemima, Kate with a J name is beautiful.

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.