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What does Kitty mean?

Kitty Pronunciation of Kitty as a girls' name is pronounced KIH-tee. Pet name for Katherine (Greek) "pure". Also used as an independent name since before the 16th century. In the 17th century, it was used as a slang term for a woman of dubious morals. Author Kitty Kelley. Also form of Catherine.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, pure (virgin), 16th century, 17th century


VARIANTS Kit, Kitlyn, Kittee, Kittey

RELATED FORMS VIA KATHERINE Caity, Cathy, Caty, Kait, Kaitee, Kaitie, Kaitlyn, Kaity, Kat, Kata, Kate, Katee, Katey, Katha, Kathi, Kathy, Kati, Katie, Katka, Katla, Katrya, Katy, Katya, Kay, Kitti, Kittie

(female) Kety, ..

(male) Kitte, ..

Kitty Tegan (K.T.), ..

How popular is Kitty?

Kitty is a very prominent first name for females (#987 out of 4276, Top 23%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Kitty entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #447 in the U.S. then, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Kitty rated in the Top 2000 are Catherine (#204 IN 2018), Cathy, Kaitlyn (#387), Kate (#285), Katey, Katherine (#112), Kathi, Kathy, Kati, Katie (#449), Katy (#1790), Katya, Kay, Kit and Kittie. Usage of these forms of Kitty reached its peak in the 1950s (AVERAGE #952) and is now much less (#1451, 82.7%), with versions such as Katie becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kitty, Catherine, Cathy, Kaitlyn, Kate in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Katey, Katherine, Kathi, Kathy, Kati in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Kitty is alike in pronunciation to Caitey, Caity, Catey, Caty, Kaitee, Kaitey, Kaitie, Kaity, Kata, Katee, Katey, Kati, Katia, Katie, Katiya, Katy, Katya, Kitti and Kittie. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Betty, Britty, Dotty, Etty, Hatty, Hetty, Hitty, Kathy, Katt, Kiley, Kimmy, Kimy, Kirby, Kirsty, Kitra, Kizzy, Kristy, Letty, Lotty, Matty, Minty, Misty, Natty, Netty, Patty, Sinty and Tetty. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kitty.