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Gender: F Meaning of Kate: "pure" Origin of Kate: English, diminutive of Katherine Kate's Popularity in 2016: #231

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, where it is now still in the Top 20.

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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

Kate, character in James Patterson's Maximum Ride
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"
Katherine "Kate" Austen, female lead on the hit television show "Lost"
"Kate," novel by Valerie Sherrard
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 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'
"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 Is Great", song by Bouncing Souls
"Kate," song by Ben Folds Five
Kate, the titular character in the English fairy tale 'Kate Crackernuts'
Kate Watzen, main character in Shelly Jarvis' YA book, "The Dreamwalker."
Kate Fleming, character on TV's BBC police drama "Line of Duty"
Kate, Offred's real name in "The Handmaid's Tale" (film adaptation only, in other versions her name is June)

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)