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

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A historical reference is Kitty Hawk, where the Wright brothers performed their aeronautical experiments.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, niece of Britain's Princess Diana
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" 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

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