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Meaning and name origin

Cate \c(a)-te\ as a girl's name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Cate is "pure". Cate is a variant of Catherine (Greek): from "katharos". Also a variant of Kate: short form of Katherine, also used as an independent name.

Cate has 6 variant forms: Cait, Cat, Kait, Kaite, Kat, Kit.


Cate is not a popular first name for females but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4882 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Cate for girls (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cate name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cate outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Cate and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Cate, Catherine, Kate and Katherine. (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Catherine, Kate, Katherine in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cate, Catherine, Kate, Katherine outside U.S.

Similar Names

Cate is also pronounced similarly to Katt. Other suggested similar baby names are Cade, Cadee, Cadey, Cadi, Cadie, Cady, Cadye, Caitey, Caiti, Caitie, Caity, Catee, Catey, Cath, Catha, Cathe, Cathee, Cathi, Cathie, Cathy, Cathye, Cati, Catia, Catie, Cato, Caty, Caye and Tate. These names tend to be more commonly used than Cate.


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