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Gender: Female Meaning of Katy: "pure" Origin of Katy: Short form of Katherine

The name Katy is a girl's name meaning "pure". Katy and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Pure and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

Katy, or more popularly Katie, stood fashionably on their own two feet for several years there, during the Katelyn boom. But now both Katy and Katie are fading in favor of grownup Kate or buttoned-up Katherine.

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Famous People Named Katy

Katy Perry (born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson), American pop singer
Katherine Frances "Katy" Brand, English actress
Katy Ellen French, Irish model/socialite
Katy Tiz, British singer
María Cristina Estela Marcela "Katy" Jurado, Mexican-American actress
Katy Munger, American novelist
Katy Kurtzman, American actress
Katy Wix, Welsh actress
Katy Kung, Hong Kong actress
Katy Rose (born Kathryn Rosemary Bullard), American singer-songwriter
Katy B (born Kathleen Anne Brien), English singer-songwriter
Katy Mixon, American actress

Pop Culture References for the name Katy

Katy Swartz, main character in Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux series
Katy Carr, main character in the What Katy Did series by Susan Coolidge
Katy Fox, character on British soap opera Hollyoaks
Katy Harris, character from the British soap opera Coronation Street
Katy Armstrong, character from the British soap opera Coronation Street
Katy Kat, blue cat from the Parappa the Rapper video games
Katy Spaghetty, the Betty Spaghetty doll's baby sister
K-K-K-Katy, popular World War I–era song by Geoffrey O'Hara
Katy, Texas, major suburb of Houston, USA
Katy Hart, recurring character on Disney's "Girl Meets World"


paulapuddephatt Says:


Katie is prettier, but this is sweet, too. I guess that this spelling is mostly associated with Katy Perry nowadays, but I tend to think of the main character in "What Katy Did". Kate, Katie and Katy are definitely worth considering as independent names, and not necessarily as short forms of Catherine, Katherine, etc.