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 is not a popular first name for females but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4882 out of 88799, Top 5%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Cate for girls. Cate reached its highest rank of #90 in Canada in 2003 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Cate and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Katherine (#83), Catherine (#170), Kate (#207) and Cate. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
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.