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Meaning and name origin

Cathy \c(a)-thy\ as a girl's name is pronounced KATH-ee. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Cathy is "pure". Pet form of Catherine and Catharine. See also Kathy.


Cathy has 5 variant forms: Cath, Cathi, Cathia, Cathie and Kathy.

For more information, see also the related girl name Katherine.


Cathy is a very popular first name for females (#163 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#30635 out of 88799, Top 34%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Cathy for girls. Cathy reached its highest rank of #52 in the U.S. in 1950-1959. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Cathy and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Katherine (#83), Catherine (#170), Cathy, Kathy, Cathie, Cathi and Catharine. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Catharine, Catherine, Cathi, Cathie, Cathy, Katherine, Kathy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Catherine, Cathy, Katherine, Kathy outside U.S.

Similar Names

Cathy is also pronounced similarly to Catha, Cathee, Cathye, Katha, Kathey, Kathi and Kathya. Other suggested similar baby names are Caddy, Cadey, Cady, Caitey, Caity, Cat, Cate, Catee, Catey, Cathe, Cati, Catia, Catie, Cato and Caty. These names tend to be less commonly used than Cathy.