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What does Kate mean?

Kate \k(a)-te\ as a girls' name. Short form of Katherine, also used as an independent name. Writer Kate Chopin; actresses Kate Capshaw, Kate Jackson, Kate Nelligan, Kate Hudson, Kate Beckinsale, Kate Winslet; German artist Kaethe Kollwitz; designer Kate Spade; model Kate Moss.


Kate has 15 variants: Cait, Caitie, Cate, Catee, Catey, Catie, Kaethe, Kait, Kaite, Kaitlin, Katee, Katey, Kathe, Kati and Katie.

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Catherine.

Kate has 28 more related variations via Katherine: Cat, Cati, Caty, Caye, Kaatje, Kaitee, Kaitie, Kaity, Karen, Kari, Kas, Kass, Kat, Kata, Katell, Katena, Katha, Kathee, Kathi, Kathie, Kathy, Katka, Katla, Katy, Katya, Kay, Kaye and Kit.


Kate is a very prominent first name for females (#464 out of 4276, Top 11%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#35491 out of 88799, Top 40%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Kate for girls. Kate reached its highest rank of #97 in the U.S. then, and is at #207 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Kate and related names. Prominent variation forms of Kate (#207 last year) are Catherine (#170 last year), Kaitlin, Karen (#492), Kari, Katherine (#83), Kathi, Kathie, Kathy, Kati, Katie (#280), Katy, Kay and Kaye. Usage of this girl name was at its peak during the years 1980-1989 and has become much less since, with forms such as Kaitlin, Karen, Katie, Katy and Kaye falling out of fashion. Kate (#207) is the most trendy birth name among these, with this name undergoing a rebound in popularity. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Catherine, Kaitlin, Karen, Kari, Kate, Katherine, Kathi, Kathie, Kathy, Kati in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Katie, Katy, Kay, Kaye in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Kate is alike in pronunciation to Katt. Other recommended similar baby names are Kace, Kade, Kadee, Kadi, Kadie, Kady, Kaitey, Kathey, Katia, Kayde and Tate. These names tend to be less frequently used than Kate.