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 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)