Kate - Meaning of Kate
[ 1 syll. ka-te, kat-e ] The baby girl name Kate is pronounced as Key-T †. Kate is used chiefly in English and it is derived from Old Greek origins. Kate represents the Norman French pronunciation of '-th-' in the name Katherine. The name has been used by English speakers since the medieval period. It was later chosen by Shakespeare for the titular 'shrew' in The Taming of the Shrew (1590-1594), which was made into a subsequent Broadway musical Kiss Me Kate (1948-), and as the pet name of Princess Katharine in Henry V (1599).
Kate is a contracted form of the name Katherine (English).
Kate has 25 variants that are used in English and other languages. English variants of Kate include Cait, Caitie, Catey, Catie, Kait, Kaitlin, Kata, Katey, Kathe, Katica, Katka, and Kayt. Other English forms include the contracted form Kat, the familiar forms Katee, Kati (used in Estonian and Hungarian too), Katie, Kattie, and Katy, and the spelling variants Cate, Kaite, and Kayte.
Variant forms share the origin and meaning of Kate.
Kate is a popular baby girl name. The name's popularity increased from the 1950s up to the 2000s. Its usage peaked in 2007 with 0.120% of baby girls being named Kate. It was #136 in rank then. The baby name has experienced a loss in popularity since then. In 2018, its usage was 0.063% and its ranking #285, but it was nevertheless the 2nd most popular after Katherine, among all girl names in its family. In 2018, the name was twice as popular as Kate.
† Pronunciation for Kate: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Kate:
Actress Kate Beckinsale, born 26 July 1973, London, England.
Actress Kate Hudson, born 19 April 1979, Los Angeles, California.
Actress Kate Winslet, born 5 October 1975, Reading, England.
Author Kate Chopin, born Katherine O'Flaherty 8 February 1851 - 22 August 1904, St. Louis, Missouri.
Model Kate Moss, born 16 January 1974, London, England.
Religious Figures Kate Fox.
Royal Consort Kate Middleton, born 9 January 1982, Buckebury, Berkshire, England.