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What does Tate mean?

Tate [tate] as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Tate) is pronounced tayt. It is of Middle English origin, and the meaning of Tate is "cheerful". Related to Norwegian Tait.

Associated with: cheerful (happy).


Tate has 3 variants: Tait, Taitt and Tayte.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Tateo, Teote, ..

(female) Tata, Tatu, ..

How popular is Tate?

Tate is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#440 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name history of Tate for boys. Tate entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its apex position of #358 in the U.S. in the year 2013, and is at #388 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Tait is the only other popular related form of Tate (#388 in recent rankings). These forms of Tate reached the top of their popularity in 2013 (average #1179) and are almost as popular today (#1194, down 10.1%). Tate is the most fashionable birth name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tate, Tait in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Tate and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Arte, Dante, Harte, Nate, Pete, Sante, Tab, Tabb, Taber, Tad, Tadd, Tadeo, Tadi, Taft, Tahj, Tahl, Tahoe, Taj, Taji, Takeo, Tal, Talen, Tam, Tan, Taos, Tarek, Taren, Tareq, Taro, Taso, Tau, Tavee, Tavey, Tavi, Tavie, Tay, Tayten, Taz, Tazz, Thane, Tige, Tito, Tobe, Tome, Tore, Trace, Traye, Tre, True, Tune, Tyce, Tye, Waite and Wayte. These names tend to be more commonly used than Tate.