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Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. KAYT(English)
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Meaning & History

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) Catalina(Corsican) 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) Katrīna, Karīna, Karina(Latvian) 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, Ina, Inja, Kaja, Katica, Katja(Slovene) Katarina(Sorbian) 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)

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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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