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Meaning and Name Origin

Cate \c(a)-te\ as a name for girls is of Greek derivation, and the name Cate means "pure". Cate is a derivative of Catherine (Greek): from "katharos". Cate is also a variant of Kate: short form of Katherine, also used as an independent name.


Cate has 6 variants: Cait, Cat, Kait, Kaite, Kat and Kit.

Cate has 32 more different forms via Catherine, Kate, Katherine: Cadi, Caitey, Caitie, Caity, Caren, Cari, Cass, Catee, Catey, Cath, Catha, Cathe, Cathee, Cathi, Cathie, Cathy, Cathye, Cati, Catia, Catie, Cato, Caty, Cay, Caye, Kata, Katee, Katey, Kathe, Kati, Katie, Katy and Kaye.


Cate is an uncommonly occurring given name for women but a very prominent last name for all people (#4882 out of 88799, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the girl name Cate and associated names. Popular variation forms of Cate (#unlisted) rated in the Top 1000 are Caren, Cari, Catherine (#170 a year ago), Cathi, Cathie, Cathy, Kate (#207), Katherine (#83), Kati, Katie (#280), Katy and Kaye. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during 1980-1989 and are now significantly less widespread, with forms such as Cathy, Kati, Katie, Katy and Kaye becoming somewhat dated. Kate (#207) is the most chic name for newborns here, with this name going through a revival in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Caren, Cari, Catherine, Cathi, Cathie, Cathy, Kate, Katherine, Kati, Katie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Katy, Kaye in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Cate is pronounced similarly to Katt. Other suggested similar baby names are Cade, Cadee, Cadey, Cadie, Cady, Cadye, Caiti and Tate. Like Cate, these names are not frequently used.