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Kate is a traditionally feminine name meaning "pure" or "clear." Names with similar meanings include Bianca, Gwen, Jennifer, Zuri, Agnes, Alba, Bronwen, Ginny, Jennifer, Rowena, Nova, and Whitney — as well as many of Kate's variants such as Cait, Catarina, Catherine, Catriona, Katy, Kayta, Kathleen, Katrina, Katelyn, and others.

Kate originates from the Latin "Katharina" as well as the Greek "Aikaterina" and is a common nickname for Katherine or Catherine. There are quite a few Saint Kates or Saint Catherines, including 4th-century martyr Catherine of Alexandria. Other famous Kates in history and pop culture include model Kate Moss, actors Kate Beckinsale, Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Kate Hudson, Kate Upton, Kate Bosworth, Kate Walsh, and Kate Mara, as well as author Kate Roberts, musician Kate Nash, and of course Kate Middleton, aka the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate is the protagonist in Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew' as well as the later musical 'Kiss Me, Kate' which is based on the play.

Kate in quotes:

“I’m still very much Kate.” — the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly Kate Middleton

“You lie, in faith; for you are call'd plain Kate,
And bonny Kate and sometimes Kate the curst;
But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom
Kate of Kate Hall, my super-dainty Kate,
For dainties are all Kates, and therefore, Kate,
Take this of me, Kate of my consolation;
Hearing thy mildness praised in every town,
Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded,
Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs,
Myself am moved to woo thee for my wife.”
― William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


English Baby Names Meaning:

In English Baby Names the meaning of the name Kate is: Pure.

French Baby Names Meaning:

In French Baby Names the meaning of the name Kate is: Pure, clear. Form of the Latin Katharina, from the Greek Aikaterina.

Greek Baby Names Meaning:

In Greek Baby Names the meaning of the name Kate is: Pure.

Irish Baby Names Meaning:

In Irish Baby Names the meaning of the name Kate is: Pure. Clear. From the Gaelic form Caitlin.

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