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Gender: Female Meaning of Kitty: "pure" Origin of Kitty: English, diminutive of Katherine

The name Kitty is a girl's name of English origin meaning "pure". Kitty and is often added to lists like Posh Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven, Hell, Purgatory - Girls".

From the experts:

This endearing nickname name is one Katherine pet form that predates all the Kathys and Katies, having been fairly common in the eighteenth century. With the current mini-craze for animal-related names, Kitty is sounding cute and cuddly again—she's already jumped back onto the U.K. list, at number 199.

Kitty was one of the Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice and was a character in Dickens's Bleak House; Ginger Rogers won an Oscar for her performance in Kitty Foyle, and vintage TV fans might remember the alluring Miss Kitty in Gunsmoke. Since then there have been pop culture Kittys galore, including Calista Flockhart's character on Brothers and Sisters, a mom on That 70's Show and Kitty Pryde, one of the X-Men.

Singer Kitty Carlisle was born Catherine, country singer Kitty Wells grew up as Muriel, and Presidential candidate's wife Kitty Dukakis was born Katharine.

A historical reference is Kitty Hawk, where the Wright brothers performed their aeronautical experiments.

Short form Kit has been used in recent years for several strong-willed movie heroines and may prove a lively alternative to Kate.

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Famous People Named Kitty

Catherine "Kitty" Carlisle, American actress and singer
Caitlin "Kitty" Carruthers, American figure skater
Kitty Peterkin, English actress
Katherine Tupper "Kitty" Winn, American actress
Kitty Flanagan, Australian comedian, actor and writer
Ellen Muriel "Kitty" Wells, American Country Music singer
Kitty Eleanor Spencer, English model; daughter of Charles Spencer, Earl Spencer; niece of Diana, Princess of Wales
Jennifer "Kitty" Dunn, drummer of American rock band Mindless Self Indulgence
Catherine Susan "Kitty" Genovese, American 1964 murder victim
Kitty, stage name of Kathryn-Leigh Beckwith, American rapper
Kitty Kallen (born Katherine Kalinsky), American pop singer
Kitty Lange Kielland, Norwegian painter
Katharine "Kitty" Dickson Dukakis, wife of U.S. politician Michael Dukakis
Katharine "Kitty" O'Shea, English mistress of Irish political leader Charles Parnell
Kitty Székely (b. 2002), daughter of comedian/actor/writer Louis C.K.
Kitty Kemp (b.2017), daughter of actor Ross Kemp; twin of sister Ava

Pop Culture References for the name Kitty

Catherine "Kitty" Bennet, character in "Pride and Prejudice"
Hello Kitty, popular cartoon character (real name Kitty White)
Miss Kitty Russell, character on TV's "Gunsmoke"
Ekaterina "Kitty" Alexandrovna Scherbackaya (Levin), character in Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina"
Katherine "Kitty" Song Covey, character in "To All the Boys I've Loved Before", "P.S. I Still Love You" and "Always and Forever, Lara Jean" by Jenny Han
Katherine "Kitty" Forman, character on TV's "That '70s Show"
Kitty Montgomery, Greg's mother on TV's "Dharma & Greg"
Kitty Sanchez, character on TV's "Arrested Development"
Kitty Walker McCallister, character on TV's "Brothers & Sisters"
Katherine Anne "Kitty" Pryde, character in the X-Men series
Kitty Wilde, character on TV's "Glee"
Kitty, character in "What's Left of Me" by Kat Zhang
Kitty Skimpole, character in Charles Dickens' "Bleak House"
Kitty Hawkins, character on TV's "Mr. Selfridge"
Kitty Coleman, character in "Falling Angels" by Tracy Chevalier
"Kitty," novel by Rosamond Marshall, 1945 movie and main character
Kitty Greenwood, main character in novel "Kitty" by Warwick Deeping and 1929 movie
Kitty Winter, character on TV's "Elementary"
Kitty, Anne Frank's diary
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, site of the world's first airplane flight
Kitty Jones, character in the "Bartimaeus" trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
Kitty Flaherty, character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
"Hello Kitty," song by Canadian singer Avril Ramona Lavigne
Kitty Pryor, character in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain

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gmdx Says:


You say Katherine so she knows that when you use her full name she's really in trouble.

Eliza1303 Says:


Bro what if the kid was some like huge trouble maker. How are you supposed to yell “Kitty” and sound serious and angry? your kids what you want but like maybe also think about what they would want as well. I would hate to introduce myself as Kitty, but man if you can wear it then go you!

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this as a short form of Catherine, Katherine and variants.

foreverharriet Says:


I love this name as both a nickname for Katherine and a name by itself. It's cute for a kid, but can be carried well by adults - there's an Olympic horse rider called Kitty King.

LavenderLullabies Says:


I like Kat, I like Kit, but not Kitty. Sounds very...well, porn starish, honestly. A bit too juvenile sounding to work for an adult woman, imo.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


"Kitty" is a word most of us cease to use after the age of 5, so as a name it seems irrevocably childish. Of course, the adult connotation is even less desirable, as it can be used as slang for a woman's privates. Even if I could look past that, the sound and overall appeal is just so nauseous. Unlike other diminuitives such as Lucy and Susie - Kitty doesn't come across as classy, elegant or charming. No matter how much I want to like it, I just can't, not even as a nickname. Kitty has no redeemable features, in my opinion, at least.

Yessica Says:


I just don't like it.

EW314 Says:


So sweet and traditional, but with the option of shortening to the fiercer Kit if it feels too cutesy. One of my favourites!

TulliaCicero Says:


My daughter goes by Kit, but as a nn for Kiersten.

Kitty Says:


My legal name is Kitty and I do not regret my parents having named me so. I have felt that it defined me as a rare individual, as I have never come across anyone else whose legal name was Kitty, but C/Katherine; C/Kathy, etc. And yes, I have heard all the Kitty jokes, but once you hear them a hundred times or so, they lose their cooling undertones. When was I born and given this beautiful name - 1961

Impwood Says:


I much prefer this (and Cass, Cassie, Cath and Cathy) as nicknames for Catherine over Kate and Katie.

kitchi1 Says:


True. But cats can't be trusted either.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Oh, but everyone already knows that I can't be trusted!

Izak Says:


People who hate cats cannot be trusted.

ThistleThorn Says:


This can also be short for Katrina.

bootsie Says:


Speak for yourself- I wish my mom had named me Katherine so I could go by Kit/Kitty!

eveyalecia Says:


Kitty could work as a nickname on a very young girl, but on an adolescent or adult... there's something almost condescending about it.

LucyNaomi Says:


I like this name a lot. Feminine but seems like it could be very strong, and could be shortened to Kit.

kitchi1 Says:


Wish my name was Kitty! Love this nickname (along with Kat & Kit) for Catherine.

Guest Says:


I prefer Cat/Kat, Kitty is weird and too flimsy on a human

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Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I don't like this name, but maybe it's because I hate cats.

AnonymousPerson Says:


Sweet nickname.

lesliemarion Says:


I would name her Catherine and call her Kitty, Cricket, Cathleen, Catie, Cate, etc. But I actually like Kitty enough as a full name, just as I do Polly.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


Here, kitty kitty...

leonoras Says:


I'm not sure if I would make someone's legal name Kitty, but I'd name them Katherine and only call them Kitty. The way some people always go by a nickname.

CocoWhite Says:


Love Kitty as a nickname, but I don't think I would ever use it as a full name. It's like naming your kid Puppy.