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What does Cathy mean?

Cathy Pronunciation of Cathy [cathy] as a girls' 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.

Associated with: greek, pure (virgin).


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

Related girl name: Katherine.

65 more alternative forms via Catharine, Catherine, Kathy: Cadi, Cait, Caitey, Caitie, Caity, Caren, Cari, Carin, Caron, Carri, Caryn, Cass, Cassey, Cassi, Cassy, Cat, Cate, Catey, Catha, Cathe, Cathee, Cathern, Catheryn, Cathiryn, Cathlyne, Cathryn, Cathryne, Cathrynn, Cathye, Cati, Catia, Catie, Cato, Catrin, Catryna, Caty, Cay, Caye, Cazzy, Kaitey, Kaity, Kassy, Kat, Kata, Kate, Katee, Katey, Katha, Kathe, Kathee, Kathey, Kathi, Kathia, Kathie, Kathryn, Kathya, Kati, Katia, Katie, Katka, Katla, Katy, Katya, Kay and Kitty.

Creative forms:
(female) Carthy, Cethy, ..

(male) Cachi, Caton, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cathy Shelby (C.S.), ..

How popular is Cathy?

Cathy is a very popular first name for females (#163 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#47575 out of 150436, Top 32%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Cathy was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its peak position of #52 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, but is not ranked currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Katherine (#84 the previous year), Catherine (#179), Kate (#222), Katie (#309), Kathryn (#319), Katy (#1547), Kathy (#1676), Katia (#1869), Kathey, Kitty, Katey, Kathi, Kathe, Kathia, Katya, Kathie, Kay, Kati, Caryn, Cassey, Cassi, Carri, Caron, Cari, Carin, Cassy, Cate, Cathie, Cathryn, Cathi, Catheryn, Catharine, Cathern and Caren are the popular related forms of Cathy. Usage of these relations of Cathy was widespread among parents 65 years ago (usage of 2.84%) and is now much lower (usage 0.61%, 78%), with versions such as Cari becoming somewhat dated.

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

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cate, Catharine, Catherine, Cathern, Catheryn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cathi, Cathie, Cathryn, Kate, Katey in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kathe, Katherine, Kathey, Kathi, Kathia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kathie, Kathryn, Kathy, Kati, Katia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Katie, Katy, Katya, Kay, Kitty in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Bethy, Cacey, Cacy, Caddy, Cadey, Cady, Caley, Cally, Caltha, Cammy, Candy, Carey, Carly, Carmy, Carry, Cary, Cascy, Casey, Casha, Casy, Catee (see Kate), Catlyn, Cinthy and Marthy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Cathy.

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