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The word "kate" means "cat" in Lithuanian.
-- monie  1/24/2005
A famous bearer is model Kate Moss.
-- Anonymous User  5/19/2005
A very popular name in Hollywood. Famous bearers: Kate Moss, Kate Winslet, Kate Hudson, Kate Beckinsale, Kate Hackett.
-- SweetP  6/25/2005
Another notable Kate is the author Kate Chopin (1850 - 1904).
-- savvy  6/29/2005
Female character on "Kate & Leopold", a movie with Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman.
-- Mary-Rach  8/5/2005
I like Kate or Katie as a nick name fo Katherine, Katrina, Kaitlyn or Katerina.
-- mum2bubba  10/26/2005
I think Kate is a very sweet name.
-- Anonymous User  11/20/2005
"Kiss Me Kate" is the name of the musical version of The Taming of the Shrew.
-- Anonymous User  12/16/2005
Kate is also a derivation from the Gaelic/Erse word and name Ceith, which means "pure". It was a name possible for males and females which divided into Kate (f) and Cade (m).
-- Saciel  12/19/2005
"Kate and Allie" was a T.V. show in the '80's. Kate was played by Susan St. James.
-- breakofday  12/21/2005
I love the name Kate, it's so nice and simple which is great because there is no need for it to be shortened. I would love to name my girl Kate one day. Another thing is I think it is such a timeless name and will never go out of date. There are some great actresses who share the name too which is kinda cool. Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett being the best!
-- magiclozzachick  12/21/2005
Famous bearer is Kate Bosworth, an American actress.
-- Anonymous User  3/24/2006
Kate Beckinsale, a British actress, bears this name.
-- fawkes100  4/23/2006
My cousin's name is Kate and I love her name. I think that it is not liked as much as it should be!
-- Anonymous User  5/13/2006
My name is Kate. I was given the middle name of "Suzanne", after my Mother. I was born in 1991, and, growing up, never met any other "Kates". I believe I knew one Katie, but no one else until I was about eleven, when I befriended a Kaitlin and a Katy. Sure, my name is fine. Classic enough. And short and simple. But, for me, I always wanted something more to my name. So, just something to consider if you are thinking of naming your daughter Kate. My parents were thinking of Cassanrda, Samantha, Lorraine, or Amber for me -- and I would've liked to have been a Cassie or Sam! But it's not a bad name, no. It's just a little more simple than I would've liked.
-- Pheadirean  5/24/2006
Another Hollywood Kate is Mary-Kate Olsen.
-- Anonymous User  7/12/2006
Kate is a beautiful name for a young girl and a lady. An easy name to grow up with.
-- Anonymous User  7/14/2006
This name is pretty, simple and a classic. :) However, I prefer Katherine!
-- Starla-Marie_1993  7/21/2006
Actually, most Kates I know are contumelious, egocentric hypocrites that are immature and presumptuously arrogant. This has JUST DONE IT for me! However, I still like the name Kate, I think its simple, but rather scintillating to the ear.
-- Starla-Marie_1993  8/3/2006
I think the name Kate is simple, classy and suits both a child and an adult. However it has been ruined for me by its popularity and how all the Kates I have met don't suit the name.
-- Anonymous User  8/9/2006
This is my middle name, and though I've always liked it I would have prefered something a bit longer. It makes a nice change from my friends who all have the middle name Louise.
-- LauraKate  8/10/2006
Kate Austen is a character in the great tv show 'Lost'.
-- corrielover  8/11/2006
I like Kate, but not by itself. I like the full name Katherine, but the nickname Kate is great too. I don't like Kath, or Kathy though. I think a combo like Emma or Anna Katherine, AKA Emma Kate is cute.
-- Emma McHnery  8/31/2006
Kate DiCamillio is the author of 'Because of Winn-Dixie' and 'The Tale of Despereaux'.
-- libbygirl  9/14/2006
Kate Mulgrew plays Captain Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager.
-- Anonymous User  10/25/2006
My full name is Katherine, but I've been "Kate" from day one. I love being a Kate, and I've had very few problems with it. The most common issue is being called "Katie". Just imagine if your name was Kevin, for instance, how weird it would be if someone called you "Keviny". That is how strange Katie sounds when applied to me. The only other problem is that the expression "hey!" sounds far too much like "Kate!" when called out. I can't tell you how many times I've turned around unnecessarily, craning to see who might have called me.

Overall, I think it is a versatile name in the sense that it can fit a girl who grows up to be a rock musician as well as a girl who will become a lawyer or politician. It also transitions well from childhood to adulthood. These are NOT my sentiments in regards to "Katie", however. To me, Katie evokes the image of a three-year-old Irish girl with pigtails. I think Katie takes the slightly sharp and sexy edge off of Kate and makes it too cutesy. If deciding on a nickname for your baby Katherine/Kathryn, chose KATE!
-- kal  11/27/2006
I'll second what kal said-- from a room away it's impossible to tell whether somebody's calling you or yelling at somebody else. (Worse, one of my brothers goes by Jake, so you can imagine the confusion.) Still, I've always really liked the name. It has much more independent feel than Katie, which is a little girl's name no matter how you look at it. I've always been glad my mother named me Katherine (for the express purpose of always calling me Kate) and gave me the option of more serious-sounding name when I needed one.

Plus, it's nice to have the "real" name on my birth certificate. Nicknames are nice, but they're just sounds-- they don't carry nearly the same weight of meaning as the full versions do.
-- kitpearl  12/5/2006
Same here! My mom named me Kate from the start, but my parents actually had to come up with a formal name afterwards. I agree with you, even though I personally don't like the name Katherine (applied to myself, I actually like the name for other people for some reason), the name Katherine Ann sounds much more distinguished and has more legal sounding. I would have much rather prefered being a Kathryn, but I suppose people would always be confusing the spelling.

The issue with similar sounding things really annoys me too. Many many names have an "ay" sound, as well as "hey", and my natural reaction is thinking they were calling for me.
-- katemoose  8/21/2007
There are authors named Kate Charles, Kate Ellis, and Kate Pepper.
-- Anonymous User  11/28/2006
Kate isn’t a popular given name. The problem with Kate is that if your name is Katie, Katelyn, Katherine, Kathleen, Katrina, Katlin, and Caitlin etc. The child will most likely go by Kate. Now that is the main reason why it seems so popular. Kate by the way is my name, and I honestly have never met another Kate in my whole life. Ohhh I’m sure I’ll bump into just a Kate sometime down the line. Honestly I'm glad my real name isn't Katherine, I like being Kate it fits me well, where as I'm defiantly not a Katherine.
-- katekate87  12/9/2006
I like Kate, just Kate not Katherine or Katelyn. I have noticed Americans tend to think you need a “real name” on a birth certificate whereas the British think otherwise and use mostly “nicknames” as a full name.

Somebody posted above Kate is a very popular name in Hollywood. The reason being is because Hollywood can't control people like they used too. Basically most actors and actresses don't use stage names anymore.
-- Anonymous User  12/9/2006
Katharine Hepburn also went by Kate. I think Kate has so much more weight to it than Katie, which just sounds simpleton.
-- Anonymous User  12/28/2006
I've always loved the Kate family of names. I love Kate on its own or as a nickname for Kathleen or maybe even Katarina. It's pretty, timeless, sweet and classic. Always in style. There may be a number of Kates around but it is in a timeless way rather than trendy.
-- Belle  12/29/2006
Kate Middleton is Prince William's girlfriend.
-- dani_08  12/31/2006
Aussie actress Kate Ritchie bears this name.
-- lindamaree  1/11/2007
It is way too overused.
-- Sweetie lu freebush  2/10/2007
Famous bearer KT Tunstall's real name is Kate. She dropped the name Kate because she thought it sounded too "farmer's daughter." It also made her think of a buxom lass baking bread for her man working in the fields. She had no problem with that, but it's wasn't how she pictured a rock star.
-- Anonymous User  2/18/2007
I'm a Kate, just a Kate, and quite frankly - I love my name. I love the sound of it. I love how short it is. I love everything about it. Shakespeare liked it, so you should too!
-- katiepie  2/19/2007
Katie is 100 times prettier and cutesie than Kate.
-- Anonymous User  2/20/2007
My birth name is Katie, my family calls me Kate at times, and my friends only call me Katie. I like the name Kate, I think it’s really cool, but when I hear someone call me Kate it just doesn’t sound right, like it’s not really me? What can I say, I’m a Katie. =)
-- katiedid  2/27/2007
Kate; Sweet, kind, caring, smart and beautiful woman.
-- Anonymous User  3/21/2007
Kate is my name. I will admit I like my name, it's short, sweet, simple and to the point, and it fits me. :)
-- Kate-  3/21/2007
I really like this name. It's short and cute. I like it better on its own rather than a nickname. I do agree this name is used a bit too much though.
-- princesskisa  4/18/2007
Too popular.
-- DontDissMadison  5/12/2007
I don't agree with what some of you are saying. Kate isn't a popular name at all, it's just a popular nickname. Anyhow I don't care how many people use this name or how popular it is. I love the name Kate and I love how classic it is.
-- Anonymous User  5/27/2007
It's not as popular as Ashley and Emily that's for sure. Kate has been around since the 1800's and is a great name that will never go out of style.
-- Look_At_The_Stars  5/27/2007
I love love love the name Kate but hate hate hate Katherine, Kathleen, and Katie. Katherine and Kathleen are too stiff and bleh and Katie is too sissy and babyish.
-- gracielou16  6/11/2007
My sister's name is Kate and she adores the name and meaning.
-- Vllyballgurl1066  6/16/2007
One of my favorite names. Great on its own, or great as a nickname for Katherine, Katarina, Katalina or Katia.
-- Calla Rose  7/6/2007
Kate can be a nickname of the Greek name (my name) Aikaterine.
-- 123sly  8/11/2007
I like Kate as a nickname for Katharine or Kathleen. Like some people I feel like you should have a proper or more formal first name, and then a less formal nickname. For example, my mom named me Joan but everyone refers to me as Joanie.

For the most part, I find Kate very classy and simple and I really like it! I don't like Katie/Katy though. Katie/Katy doesn't seem to age very well.
-- Joan-Ay  10/10/2007
Kate of Jon and Kate Plus 8.
-- Anonymous User  1/19/2008
British singer and muscian Kate Nash has this name.
-- Kekepania  2/4/2008
My given name is Katharine, but no one has ever called me that, not even my parents- I've always been a Kate. I used to not like it, because it seemed so plain and boring, but now I really do: I think it's sharp and classic yet modern. It brings to mind someone cool, elegant and intelligent, a kind of Kate Hepburn type figure. Also, I've honestly never met anyone else called Kate- plenty of Katherines, which I find too dowdy and common, and a million Katies- I'm sorry, that name just reminds me of immensely annoying five year old girls. People often call me Katie and I have to correct them. One other problem: whenever people say "Ok", or worse, "'k" I think they're seeing my name, which can get a little confusing.
-- acertainromance  2/17/2008
When Katey got older, if she wanted something more mature than 'Katey' she could just drop her 'y' and become a Kate. I think this is very clever, and I like the name Kate. It works for a little girl and also an young woman and an old lady.
-- Patricia Underwood  3/1/2008
Kate de Vries is a character from the book Airborn, and the sequel 'Skybreaker'.
-- Host_Clubs_Maiden  3/2/2008
The BEST shortened form of Katherine. Bar-none!
-- spaz123  3/14/2008
Kate Pierson of the B-52s has this name.
-- LindsayHansen  3/28/2008
Kate O'Brien was a character on "The Drew Carey Show", played by Christa Miller.
-- FMRadio  4/4/2008
My name is Kate and I adore the name and meaning. I also love how simple and classic it is.
-- Wednesday Addams  4/26/2008
We named our daughter Kate Suzanne and it means "pure"-"lily of the valley" together. Very beautiful. I was told Kate would be too common, but have only know 1 other Kate my daughter's age, and only 1 other about 4 years older. Kaitlyn and other forms are common and if they start to go by Kate when they get older, well then - yes it will be more common, but I wouldn't change it. I love it!
-- jrgirl  4/30/2008
Musician Joel Madden and ´actress´/moderator Nicole Richie have a daughter Harlow Kate Madden, born on 11th of January 2008 in L.A.
-- MaggieSimpson  5/25/2008
"I kissed a girl, and I liked it, the taste of her cherry chapstick."
I used to LOVE the name Kate, really love it (I prefer all the Catherine diminutives - Cathy, Kate, Katy - as opposed to the actual name itself) but now I can't hear it without the above lyrics springing to mind (because they're sung by KATE Perry).
-- Sophannagh  8/21/2008
Beautiful name, classic, timeless, feminine, romantic, simple yet elegant.
-- Anonymous User  8/29/2008
Kate is a sweet and simple name. I think it captures the essence of the meaning "pure" better than any of the other versions of Katherine/Catherine.
-- Anonymous User  11/25/2008
Kate is a member of the Denali clan in the Twilight saga.
-- Anonymous User  12/30/2008
'Kate Monster' from Avenue Q.
-- BeritBear  1/16/2009
My name is Kate, and full name is Kathleen. I agree with the others that when people say "Hey!" from across the room it sounds like "Kate!". I haven't found it very common which has been nice, and neither is Kathleen. People usually think it's short for Katherine and I like telling people that it's not! Usually I have to correct people who want to call me Katie, but that's not a very big deal to me. I love my name!
-- keight425  4/12/2009
It's too short and sounds like it should be a nickname for Katherine, not a name on its own. And it makes me think of the ghastly and irritating Kate Gosselin.
-- bananarama  6/30/2009
Detective Kate Beckett is one of the two main characters from the TV show 'Castle'.
-- DestructoGirl  8/22/2009
Kate is my name, and I also have the "hey!" problem. The worst is when someone shortens OK to just "kay"--that always gets me. Despite that, though, I really like my name. It's hard to misspell or mispronounce, and it sounds nice. :)
-- dandelion  8/27/2009
This name is also used in Croatia as a diminutive of Katarina (kah-tah-REE-nah). It's pronounced KAH-teh. It's not only an English name! [noted -ed]
-- enchy  9/15/2009
A famous bearer is American actress Kate Flannery (born June 10, 1964). She's best known for her role as Meredith Palmer on the American version of "The Office".
-- AndrewJKD  12/19/2009
Kate Reinders is an American stage actress, well-known for roles in 21st century musical theatre. She first came to prominence as June in the 2003 Broadway revival of "Gypsy". She then originated the role of Glinda in the musical "Wicked" in its Chicago production, performing from June 2005 through January 2006, and later reprised the role on Broadway, from May 2006 through January 2007. She is also a member of the band TASTiSKANK, alongside fellow Broadway actress Sarah Litzsinger.
-- AndrewJKD  12/19/2009
I am a Kate, short for Kathleen, and I love my name. I read a baby name book (Beyond Jennifer and Jason) that stated 'There is something invincible about Kate', and I couldn't agree more. I think it's a simple but pretty name, and one that won't seem faddish or dated in twenty years. It's popular but not too popular.

One drawback, like a previous user (Kal) stated, is that people seem to have an ingrained opposition to calling us Kate and love calling us Katie instead. It's cute when my grandma calls me that - the rest of you need to step off. :D I've also been called Kat, Kathy, Katya, Katelyn. I think sometimes people feel Kate is not a proper or full name and that they need to rechristen you.
-- Kelliott  1/14/2010
This name can suit a variety of women, but I don't like it as a stand-alone name.
-- Athena Nike  4/5/2010
Kate Ashley is the name of one of the four main characters in the anime (Japanese animation) Red Garden.
-- missmarlenesinclair  5/7/2010
In Shakespeare's day, "Kate" was an informal way of saying "cake." In 'The Taming of the Shrew,' Petruchio plays on this briefly with his lines.
-- Anonymous User  8/1/2010
Recently, this name has been used as a short form of Kaitlin or Kaitlyn.
-- Anonymous User  8/30/2010
Kate is such a cute name. Makes a great middle name also.
-- Chrila96  11/29/2010
I just don't like this name. Sorry to all of you Kate's out there, but I just don't like it one bit. I have yet to meet one Kate (Kate being a nickname or short for something else) that doesn't rub me the wrong way. I have also never met a blonde Kate. They ALWAYS have unremarkable brown hair.
-- Anonymous User  12/10/2010
My real name is Paige and when I was born my mom wanted to name me something long that I can shorten and my dad wanted something plain and simple and he wanted to name me Erin. Years later I figure out he also would have named me Kate. Which personally I like but I hate the nickname Katie or Kat.
-- teenagewriter  1/7/2011
Kate Miller-Heidke is an Australian singer songwriter who is most famous for her singles 'Last Day on Earth' and 'Caught in the Crowd'.
-- Anonymous User  1/8/2011
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge also goes by Kate.
-- megi99  4/29/2011
I like this a lot better than the spelling Cate. What's up with that?
-- Joy12  5/4/2011
There is a famous poem by Christina Rossetti titled "Cousin Kate."
The titular Kate is a good and pure country girl of the Victorian era, who meets and marries a Lord, and becomes rich from it; much to the dismay of his former lover, who narrates us through the poem.
-- xsai  5/27/2011
I'm sorry to all the Kates out there but this name is just so amazingly boring. There's nothing TO this name. I would never ever call my daughter this.
-- DidiGiraffe  6/2/2011
There's a Croatian song "Mare I Kate" by Bohem and Igor Štimac.
-- enchy  6/4/2011
Kate Bush - a famous English singer.
-- Anonymous User  7/28/2011
Kate Winslet is a popular actress who starred as Rose Dewitt Bukater in Titanic (One of the best films EVER!).
I like the name Kate it is a bit overused but it's overused for a reason! On a young girl it wound sound very popular and pretty:) xoxo.
-- Grace_Scarlette  10/28/2011
I know most people think it's a nickname for Catherine/Katherine and it is, but I actually like Kate as a stand-alone name. It's a modern alternative to actually naming a girl Catherine/Katherine. I once heard of a girl whose legal name (at birth) was Kate Marie.
-- GibsonGirl  11/5/2011
I like the simplicity of the name Kate, yet I do not find it boring at all... I think it sounds very pretty to the ear. My name is Emily Kate and my family runs it together and my grandparents will sometimes call me Kate or Katie. I agree with the person that posted further up the page.. I do not like being called Katie... It sounds so childish.
-- emmie_kate113  2/4/2012
Kate Mosse is an English author and broadcaster. She is the author of a novel, Labyrinth, which has been translated into more than 37 other languages.
-Wikipedia
-- Anonymous User  5/19/2012
I think this could be a more mature nickname for Katherine that Katie, but also a full name. Very pretty either way!
-- Anonymous User  1/13/2013
Kate as a first name is not common. Unfortunately most Katherines go by the nickname Kate so it seems like it is common but it actually isn't. Most time you ask a girl called Kate her name she will say Katherine etc so Kate is not common.
-- Anonymous User  2/3/2013
I think Katie is a more common nickname for Katherine than Kate is... That being said, I prefer this to Katie, which I don't mind, (although it is a little childish) but its waaayy too common. Kate is a lot classier in my opinion. I think it can work as a nickname for Katherine/Kathryn or as a full name, and it makes a really good nickname too. I know two girls whose full name is Kate, and they're both under the age of ten, which made me think it was very popular, but in reality it's not. I can see a baby named Kate, a teenager named Kate, an adult named Kate, and an old woman named Kate easily :)
-- Anonymous User  2/18/2013
Personally, I think this should stay a nickname. It's nice as a nickname, but as a given name? I don't think so. I do like Kate Winslet. Can't stand Kate Hudson or Kate Moss, though.
-- Buneary  2/25/2013
I am the only Cate (with a C) that I have met, and personally I prefer my spelling. There's a slightly more classic/historical feel to it. Besides which, my full first name is Catherine, and it really just doesn't make sense to have a nickname that starts with a K when my full name starts with a C. So consider this spelling, but I would warn that people ALWAYS get it wrong the first time and never bother to ask.
-- Anonymous User  5/16/2013
In the book 18, Peter's sweet and energetic sister is named Katherine "Kate", but sometimes Peter calls her Kitty.
-- Anonymous User  7/15/2013
Whether your real name is "Kate", or your real name is "Catherine/Katherine", I think it's a nice nickname or name. :)
-- Gio123  8/10/2013
My name is Kate and I live in England where Kate is known more for being a first name so I never get anyone asking me what my real name is like you may get if you live in America where it is more of a nickname for something else.

I think my name is short but very pretty and sophisticated. I don't mind the nickname Katie but I much prefer being called Kate as it's more mature and grown up sounding.
-- MissKate  8/26/2013
Special Agent Caitlin "Kate" Todd was a character on NCIS, played by Sasha Alexander.
-- ophelia  9/18/2013
I love the name Kate! I think it's silly how some people can't get over the fact that this is a full name and has been for a long time now! Kate is beautiful and classy as a first name and it certainly does not need to be a nickname for Katherine any more.
-- Anonymous User  1/16/2014
This name is so celebrity-like and famous sounding that just about anyone can give it a good impression, even when used as a nickname.
-- Hushpuppy  3/4/2014

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