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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cate

Aphetized from acate.

  1. (in the plural) A delicacy or item of food.

    cate was also found in the following language(s): Asturian, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish

    Notable Persons Named Cate

    She was most prominent from 1989 to present. Cate was given the name Catherine Élise Blanchett on May 14th, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


    Cate McGregor is an army officer, author, cricket commentator, and list of cricket commentators. Cate was given the name Malcolm Gerard McGregor in 1956.


    Cate Le Bon is a folk music, rock music, and pop music songwriter and musician. She plays Guitar and Vocals. Her ongoing career started in 2007. Cate was given the name Cate Timothy on March 4th, 1983 in Penboyr, Carmarthenshire, Wales. Cate is also known as Timothy and Cate.


    Cate was born on May 20th, 1992 in Blantyre.


    Cate Edwards is an attorney and author. She has had major accomplishments since 2004. Cate was given the name Catharine Elizabeth Edwards by her parents John Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards on March 4th, 1982 in Raleigh, North Carolina.


    Cate Shortland is a film director. Cate was born on August 10th, 1968 in Temora, New South Wales.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Cate

    Henk ten Cate is a soccer player for the Al Jazira Club, Go Ahead Eagles, Edmonton Drillers (1979–82), SC Telstar, and Heracles Almelo. Henk was born on December 9th, 1954 in Amsterdam.


    Field Cate is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to 2004. Field was given the name Field Adrianus Cate on July 22nd, 1997 in Burlington, Vermont.



    James L. Cate is a historian.


    Catê was a soccer player for the Sport Club Guarany, Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, São Paulo FC, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, Club Deportivo Universidad Católica, U.C. Sampdoria, Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, New England Revolution, Clube 15 de Novembro, Grêmio Esportivo Glória, and Unión Atl. Catê was born on November 7th, 1973 in Cruz Alta, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Catê is also known as Catê". He passed away on December 27th, 2011.


    Caesar was born on August 20th, 1890. He left this life on June 9th, 1972.


    How popular is the baby name Cate in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1980 5 5 0
    1982 8 8 0
    1985 8 8 0
    1986 8 8 0
    1987 9 9 0
    1988 9 9 0
    1989 5 5 0
    1991 5 5 0
    1992 10 10 0
    1993 5 5 0
    1994 6 6 0
    1995 8 8 0
    1996 5 5 0
    1998 10 10 0
    1999 38 38 0
    2000 44 44 0
    2001 41 41 0
    2002 64 64 0
    2003 82 82 0
    2004 111 111 0
    2005 117 117 0
    2006 87 87 0
    2007 118 118 0
    2008 152 152 0
    2009 115 115 0
    2010 80 80 0
    2011 95 95 0
    2012 88 88 0
    2013 61 61 0
    2014 61 61 0
    2015 59 59 0
    2016 37 37 0
    2017 38 38 0

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    Popularity of Cate as a first name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Cate U.S.
      White 90.86% 64.26%
      African American 0.86% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.31% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.76% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.60% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.61% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Cate

    People with the last name Cate are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Cate

    • How Popular is the name Cate? Cate is the 7,856th most popular name of all time. As a last name Cate was the 6,763rd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Cate have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,589 babies born with the first name Cate in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cate to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cate? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1980 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Cate first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cate is Thursday, February 2nd, 1882.
    • What year had the most people named Cate born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cate was in 2008 with a total of 152 babies.
    • Random Cate Factoid: According to the 2002 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cate is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2002.
    • Weird things about the name Cate: Your name in reverse order is Etac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Caet. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Cate? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,987 people with the last name Cate.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cate? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Cate as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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