The Many Faces of Kate
The Australian-born Catherine Élise described herself as “part wallflower” growing up, a far cry from her transformation into Cate, now widely considered one of the greatest actresses in the world, portraying powerful women like Queen Elizabeth I. Most recently, she won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
- Catherine Élise described herself as “part wallflower” growing up, a far cry from her transformation into Cate, now widely considered one of the greatest actresses in the world, portraying powerful women like Queen Elizabeth I. Most recently, she won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine." >
- Kate, was born Kathrin Romary, an unusual spelling of the popular Katherine that was first recorded in England in 1196 after supposedly being brought back from the Crusades." >
- Catherine Ann Bosworth is perhaps most notable for her leading role as a surfer babe in 2002’s Blue Crush, and Lois Lane in 2006’s Superman Returns. Most people don’t know that the actress, who was born with heterochromia iridum, has one hazel eye and one blue one." >
- Katharine Houghton Hepburn, who in 1999 was named the greatest female star in Hollywood history by the American Film Institute, grew up as a tomboy who liked to call herself Jimmy. After a temporary decline in popularity, Time magazine coined a nickname in their review of her play The Philadelphia Story: “Come on back, Katie, all is forgiven.” Her reputation as a strong and independent woman in Hollywood helped lend that image to her nickname, Kate." >
- Goldie Hawn and musician/actor Bill Hudson chose Kate Garry for their daughter in 1979; she later went on to win a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her breakthrough role in the film Almost Famous." >
- Born as simply Kate, the actress who appeared in Random Hearts and Brokeback Mountain is the older sister of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara. She now stars as Zoe Barnes in the Netflix series House of Cards based on the political thriller by Michael Dobbs." >
- Catherine Elizabeth in 1982. Though use of her most familiar nickname Kate began in 2004, when the British press began mocking “Waity Katie” for the eventual eight years that Catherine dated Prince William sans engagement. It has been reported since that the Duchess was never called Kate or Katie by friends, family, or colleagues alike—only Catherine." >
- Katherine Ann made her mark as Kate Moss in the 1990’s when the “heroin chic” fashion era showcased her size-zero figure. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007. Last year, she received a Special Recognition award at the British Fashion Awards, acknowledging her contributions made during her twenty-five years in the fashion industry." >
- Kate Spade New York was Katherine Noel Brosnahan when she met Andy Spade. She took his name in 1994 when the pair married, and launched her line of handbags, apparel, and home collections that have since stolen the fashion spotlight." >
- Addison Montgomery on the ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy, Kate Walsh was born Kathleen. Reportedly, she also grew up with nickname “Katiekat.”" >
- Kate Elizabeth twenty-one years before she was cast as Rose in James Cameron’s iconic film Titanic. Winslet chose Mia Honey and Joe Alfie for her daughter and son’s names in 2000 and 2003. In 2013, she made headlines when she named her new baby boy Bear." >
- Katherine Anne Couric entered the American consciousness as Katie when she became a journalist at ABC news in 1979. Since then, she’s dominated the “Big Three” networks as well as becoming a talk show host, and New York Times best-selling author ." >
- Tom Cruise, Kate Noelle Holmes burst into the spotlight as Katie when she played Joey Potter in the TV series Dawson’s Creek. Though she was always known personally and professionally as Katie, Tom declared in 2006 following the birth of their daughter Suri, “Katie is a young girl’s name. Her name is Kate now – she’s a child-bearing woman.”" >
- Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was always known as Katy, though she chose last name Perry when she entered the spotlight as a singer/songwriter in 2008 with her album One of the Boys, featuring her huge hit, I Kissed a Girl. Previously she had put out a Christian gospel album under the name Katy Hudson—which she realized was too similar to that of actress Kate Hudson." >
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on April 3rd, 2014 at 11:10 pm
Kate/Katie/Katherine/Catherine is soooo common where I live. It’s a nice enough name, but after you hear it all the time, it really loses it’s charm. I know around 15-20 people with this name and the majority prefer Kate or Katie. They are all aged between 18-28 too.
on April 4th, 2014 at 8:14 am
Off the top of my head, I think I’ve only met two people named some variation of the Kate names. The first was back in elementary school and the second a coworker named Kathryn, who goes by Kat.
Personally, I do love the name Catherine, but I despise the Kat, Kate, Katie, Cathy nicknames for it. The one that I am liking right now is Cato. That is the only nickname I would let people call my daughter if I named her Catherine.
on April 4th, 2014 at 8:50 am
I only know two Catherines, both of whom go by Catherine. All of the Kate/Cate/Katies I know are Caitlin/Kaitlyns.
on April 4th, 2014 at 9:40 am
I am a Kate, and proud to be one! My dad told my mom he wanted a K name, as it is a tradition, and she went with Kathryn. I was never called Kathryn, though. I’ve always been Kate, and I LOVE my name.
on April 4th, 2014 at 11:47 am
My sister is Catherine, but we call her Kate or Katie. I love it because it’s classic and has a strong history. I’ve known many many Catherines or various spellings and nicknames.
on April 4th, 2014 at 11:59 am
It’s funny how some of them share the middle name Elizabeth and a couple share the middle name Noel/Noelle. Catherine is such a wonderful name but is too popular for my liking. I do love the nickname Cat, though.
on April 4th, 2014 at 11:59 am
What about Kate Upton?
on April 4th, 2014 at 12:30 pm
I’m disappointed by this blog entry. I opened it expecting to see Kate’s many worthy namesakes; instead, most of the women were actresses and models, with one fashion designer, one TV journalist, and one prince’s wife. Aren’t there any strong, independent Kates who don’t fall into the archetypal “beautiful, fashionable, size-zero” mold? I have heard there are famous women who aren’t actresses or models.
on April 4th, 2014 at 2:40 pm
I’ve never liked Kate as a full name, but Catherine nn Kate is nice. Thanks for doing this post! (Was it done on purpose that they’re all wearing blue or in front of a blue background?)
@EmmaF- Care to suggest any? Though I’m personally not a fan of all these women, I admire the work most of them have produced. I have no idea with society/people lauding “beautiful, fashionable, size-zero” women as heroines/people to look up to as long as they have done good work and are admirable characters along with being good-looking.
on April 4th, 2014 at 9:09 pm
I LOVE the name Kate. It always surprises me a little as many of my other favorite names are a little bit more unusual, if I ever have a daughter I think I would have to name her Kate. I think it’s such a simple name but beautiful and strong. I like just Kate though, I don’t want a longer version of the name.
on April 4th, 2014 at 10:15 pm
Emma, here is a worthy Kate from history you may like:
on April 4th, 2014 at 10:16 pm
I love the name Kate and prefer it to Catherine, Katherine, Katelyn, Kathryn, etc. It’s short, sweet, strong and a classic. I would definitely use it for my daughter
on April 4th, 2014 at 10:21 pm
Would have been nice to see more Katies and Kates who aren’t actresses or models … Loved the blue theme throughout the photos, though.
on April 5th, 2014 at 11:12 am
As common as it is, I will always have a soft spot for the name Kate. Katherine too, of course.
on May 30th, 2015 at 4:11 am
Why does British and American site Always have K. Middleton on almost every picture? They support a system that is not voted from a democratic government!
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