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What does Kate mean?

Kate Pronunciation of Kate [kate] 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.

Affiliated girl name: Catherine.

64 more relations via Katherine: Caity, Caren, Cari, Cass, Cat, Cathee, Cathie, Cathy, Cathye, Cati, Caty, Cay, Caye, Kaatje, Kaitee, Kaitie, Kaity, Karen, Karena, Kari, Karin, Karon, Karri, Karyn, Kas, Kasia, Kasja, Kaska, Kass, Kassi, Kassie, Kasya, Kat, Kata, Katchen, Katell, Katelle, Katena, Katenka, Katha, Kathee, Kathi, Kathie, Kathy, Katica, Katina, Katka, Katla, Katleen, Katline, Katrena, Katria, Katrien, Katrine, Katrya, Katy, Katya, Kay, Kaye, Kit, Kittey, Kitti, Kittie and Kitty.

Creative forms:
(female) Kete, Kote, ..

(male) Kaler, Karo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kate Grace (K.G.), ..

How popular is Kate?

Kate is a very prominent first name for females (#464 out of 4276, Top 11%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#56826 out of 150436, Top 38%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Kate entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its highest rank of #97 in the U.S. then, and is at #222 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Kate (#222 from recent data) ranked in the Top 2000 are Caren, Cari, Cate, Catherine (#179 from recent data), Cathie, Cathy, Kaitlin (#1347), Karen (#504), Karena, Kari (#1817), Karin, Karon, Karri, Karyn, Kassi, Kassie, Katey, Kathe, Katherine (#84), Kathi, Kathie, Kathy (#1676), Kati, Katie (#309), Katina, Katrena, Katy (#1547), Katya, Kay, Kaye, Kit, Kittie and Kitty. Other forms, like Katla, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Kate was at its peak during the years 1960-1969 (median #1060) and has become much less since (#1696, down 88.4%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kate, Caren, Cari, Cate, Catherine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cathie, Cathy, Kaitlin, Karen, Karena in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kari, Karin, Karon, Karri, Karyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kassi, Kassie, Katey, Kathe, Katherine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kathi, Kathie, Kathy, Kati, Katie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Katina, Katrena, Katy, Katya, Kay in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kaye, Kit, Kittie, Kitty in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Kate is alike in pronunciation to Katt. Other recommended names are Agate, Beate, Ka-, Kace, Kacee, Kacey, Kaci, Kacie, Kacy, Kacye, Kade, Kadee, Kadi, Kadie, Kady, Kahle, Kai, Kaia, Kaitey, Kala, Kalae, Kalea, Kalee, Kalei, Kalen, Kaley, Kali, Kalie, Kalle, Kaly, Kama, Kamea, Kameo, Kami, Kani, Kara, Karee, Karel, Karie, Kary, Kasee, Kasey, Kasi, Kasie, Kasse, Kasy, Kathey, Katia, Kaya, Kayce, Kayde, Kayle, Kayse, Kine, Kloe, Kore, Kyle, Marte, Patte, Tate, Tayte, Ute and Utte. These names tend to be less frequently used than Kate.

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