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What does Cate mean?

Cate Pronunciation of Cate [cate] as a name for girls is of Greek derivation, and the name Cate means "pure". Cate is a version of Catherine (Greek): from katharos. Cate is also a variant of Kate. Cate is also used as a form of Katherine (Greek).

Associated with: greek, pure (virgin).


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

70 more different relations via Catherine, Kate, Katherine: Cadi, Caitey, Caitie, Caity, Caren, Cari, Carin, Caron, Carren, Carri, Caryn, Cass, Cassey, Cassi, Cassie, Cassy, Catee, Catey, Cath, Catha, Cathe, Cathee, Cathern, Cathi, Cathie, Cathy, Cathye, Cati, Catia, Catie, Catina, Cato, Catreen, Catrice, Catrin, Catrine, Caty, Cay, Caye, Cazzy, Kaatje, Kaethe, Kaitee, Kaitey, Kaitie, Kaity, Karen, Kari, Kas, Kass, Kata, Katee, Katell, Katena, Katey, Katha, Kathe, Kathee, Kathi, Kathie, Kathy, Kati, Katia, Katie, Katka, Katla, Katy, Katya, Kay and Kaye.

Creative forms:
(female) Carte, Cyte, ..

(male) Caus, Caut, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cate Emeri (C.E.), ..

How popular is Cate?

Cate is an uncommonly occurring given name for women but a very prominent last name for all people (#6463 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Cate was first listed in 2004 and reached its top position of #1527 in the U.S. in the year 2008, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cate name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Cate are Caren, Cari, Carin, Caron, Carri, Caryn, Cassey, Cassi, Cassie (#1264 via latest list), Cassy, Catherine (#179), Cathern, Cathi, Cathie, Cathy, Catina, Karen (#504), Kari (#1817), Kate (#222), Katey, Kathe, Katherine (#84), Kathi, Kathie, Kathy (#1676), Kati, Katia (#1869), Katie (#309), Katy (#1547), Katya, Kay, Kaye and Kit. These forms of Cate were at the top of their popularity 6 decades ago (adoption of 5.04%) and are now significantly less conventional (adoption 0.6%, 88%), with forms such as Kaye becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cate, Caren, Cari, Carin, Caron in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carri, Caryn, Cassey, Cassi, Cassie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cassy, Catherine, Cathern, Cathi, Cathie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cathy, Catina, Karen, Kari, Kate in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Katey, Kathe, Katherine, Kathi, Kathie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kathy, Kati, Katia, Katie, Katy in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Katya, Kay, Kaye, Kit in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Cate is pronounced similarly to Katt. Other suggested similar names are Agate, Beate, Cacey, Caci, Cacie, Cacy, Cade, Cadee, Cadey, Cadie, Cady, Cadye, Cai, Cain, Caiti, Cal, Cala, Calee, Calen, Caley, Cali, Calie, Cam, Cama, Cameo, Cami, Cara, Caree, Carel, Carey, Carie, Carle, Caro, Cary, Cas, Casee, Casen, Casey, Casi, Casie, Casse, Casy, Cayce, Cayse, Cee, Cele, Chante, Cile, Clare, Cloe, Coe, Cole, Cree, Marte, Patte, Tate, Tayte, Ute and Utte. These names tend to be more frequently used than Cate.

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