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Diminutive of KATHERINE, often used independently. It has been used in England since the Middle Ages. This was the name of the woman who Petruchio marries and tries to tame in Shakespeare's comedy 'Taming of the Shrew' (1593). A famous bearer is the British actress Kate Winslet (1975-).
VariantsCat, Cathy, Kat, Kathi, Kathie, Kathy, Kay, Kaye, Kayla, Kaylee, Kayleen, Kaylyn, Kit, Kitty, Cate, Kae English Kata, Katica, Tina Croatian
DiminutivesKatey, Katie, Katy, Kaety, Katee English
Other Languages & CulturesAikaterine Ancient Greek Katalin, Kattalin Basque Katsiaryna Belarusian Katarin, Katell Breton Ekaterina, Katerina, Katia, Katya Bulgarian Caterina Catalan Kateřina, Katka Czech Cathrine, Katarina, Kathrine, Katrine, Caja, Ina, Kaja, Karen, Karin, Karina, Katharina, Katja, Trine Danish Catharina, Katelijn, Katelijne, Katrien, Katrijn, Katrina, Cato, Ina, Karin, Katinka, Katja, Rina, Rini, Riny, Tina, Tineke, Trijntje Dutch Kadri, Katariina, Katrin, Kaia, Kaisa, Kaja, Kati, Riina, Triinu Estonian Katariina, Katriina, Iina, Kaarina, Kaija, Kaisa, Karin, Kata, Kati, Katja, Katri, Riina Finnish Catherine, Carine, Karine French Nienke, Nine, Nynke Frisian Catarina Galician Ekaterine, Eka Georgian Katharina, Katherina, Katrin, Katrina, Cathrin, Catrin, Ina, Karen, Karin, Karina, Katarina, Katarine, Katharine, Käthe, Kathrin, Katinka, Katja German Aikaterini, Ekaterini, Katerina, Katina, Kaiti, Keti Greek Kakalina, Kalena Hawaiian Kateri History Katalin, Kata, Katalinka, Kati, Katica, Katinka, Kató, Kitti Hungarian Katrín, Karen Icelandic Caitlín, Caitlin, Caitríona, Cathleen, Catriona, Kathleen, Cáit, Caitria, Catrina, Ríona Irish Caterina, Catia, Katia, Katiuscia, Rina Italian Katerina Late Roman Ina Limburgish Kotryna, Katrė Lithuanian Ekaterina, Katerina, Katina Macedonian Cateline Medieval French Cathrine, Katarina, Kathrine, Katrine, Ina, Kaia, Kaja, Karen, Kari, Karin, Karina, Karine, Katharina, Katja Norwegian Catarina Occitan Katarzyna, Karina, Kasia Polish Catarina, Cátia Portuguese Cătălina, Catina, Ecaterina Romanian Ekaterina, Jekaterina, Yekaterina, Karina, Katenka, Katerina, Katia, Katya, Katyusha Russian Caderina Sardinian Caitrìona, Catriona, Catrina Scottish Katarina Serbian Katarína, Katka Slovak Katarina, Kaja, Katica, Katja Slovene Catalina, Lina Spanish Cathrine, Catrine, Katarina, Katrin, Katrina, Cajsa, Carin, Carina, Catharina, Ina, Kai, Kaj, Kaja, Kajsa, Karin, Karina, Katharina, Katja Swedish Kateryna, Katia, Katya Ukrainian Catrin, Cadi Welsh


Depiction of Kate from Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew', by artist Edward Robert Hughes (1898)Depiction of Kate from Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew', by artist Edward Robert Hughes (1898)


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Entry updated March 21, 2014   Contribute