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Origin of the name KATE.
Etymology of the name KATE.
Meaning of the baby name KATE.

  

KATE.  A short form of Katherine (q.v.), meaning "pure."  Usage:  America, Australia, Canada, England, Germany (Käte), Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Wales.
    Kate Thompson, an Irish actress and romance novelist.  Kate Smith (d. 1986), was an American singer.  Kate Moss, an English model.  Kate Victoria "KT" Tunstall, a Scottish musician, singer, and songwriter.  Kate Jarman, a Welsh actress. (Wiki)

Almost invariably in the nursery a child is given by brothers and sisters some name which, if not a contraction of the baptismal name, bears no relation to it.  Margaret is indeed crumpled into Maggie, Mary reduced to May, Elizabeth to Betty or Lizzie, Catherine to Kate;... (Family Names and Their Story, Baring-Gould, 1910)

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