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Cathy

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170k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Cathy

"Cathy" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Diminutive form of Catherine". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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  1. A diminutive of the female given name Catherine and of its variant forms, also used as a formal given name in the 20th century.

Notable Persons Named Cathy

Cathy Freeman is an athlete. Cathy was born on February 16th, 1973 in Mackay, Queensland.

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Cathy Moriarty is an actress. She has been prominent since 1980. Cathy was born on November 29th, 1960 in The Bronx, New York, US. Cathy is also known as Cathy Moriarty-Gentile.

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Cathy was born in 1948.

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers is a Chairman of the House Republican Conference, Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, Republican Conference Chairman of the United States House of Representatives, and Republican Conference Vice-Chairman of the United States House of Representatives. Cathy was born on May 22nd, 1969 in Salem, Oregon.

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Cathy was born on September 27th, 1988 in Oak Park, Illinois.

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Cathy O'Brien is a writer and speaker. Cathy was born on December 4th, 1957 in Muskegon, Michigan.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Cathy

S. was given the name Samuel Truett Cathy on March 14th, 1921 in Eatonton, Georgia, U.S. He died on September 8th, 2014.

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Dan T. Cathy is a chairman, president and ceo, and chick-fil-a. Dan was given the name Daniel Truett Cathy by his parent S. Truett Cathy on March 1st, 1953 in Jonesboro, Georgia, US.

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Bubba Cathy is a senior vice-president, chick-fil-a, president, and dwarf house. Bubba was given the name Donald M. Cathy by his parent S. Truett Cathy in Jonesboro, Georgia, US.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1918 5 5 0
1919 8 8 0
1920 5 5 0
1921 7 7 0
1922 6 6 0
1923 8 8 0
1924 13 13 0
1925 12 12 0
1926 17 17 0
1927 17 17 0
1928 20 20 0
1929 14 14 0
1930 25 25 0
1931 24 24 0
1932 29 29 0
1933 35 35 0
1934 47 47 0
1935 60 60 0
1936 53 53 0
1937 72 72 0
1938 89 89 0
1939 144 144 0
1940 195 195 0
1941 312 312 0
1942 483 483 0
1943 606 606 0
1944 680 680 0
1945 830 824 6
1946 1,628 1,623 5
1947 2,869 2,859 10
1948 3,570 3,562 8
1949 4,422 4,407 15 #81 girl name
1950 5,042 5,032 10 #75 girl name
1951 5,696 5,696 0 #71 girl name
1952 7,019 7,011 8 #56 girl name
1953 7,314 7,301 13 #56 girl name
1954 7,219 7,213 6 #59 girl name
1955 8,673 8,658 15 #44 girl name
1956 10,156 10,133 23 #36 girl name
1957 10,342 10,319 23 #39 girl name
1958 10,953 10,934 19 #34 girl name
1959 10,436 10,413 23 #39 girl name
1960 9,158 9,137 21 #45 girl name
1961 8,218 8,199 19 #55 girl name
1962 7,168 7,148 20 #62 girl name
1963 6,329 6,319 10 #67 girl name
1964 5,520 5,502 18 #75 girl name
1965 4,158 4,153 5 #88 girl name
1966 3,431 3,420 11 #99 girl name
1967 2,835 2,827 8
1968 2,407 2,400 7
1969 2,531 2,521 10
1970 2,596 2,585 11
1971 2,279 2,270 9
1972 1,735 1,735 0
1973 1,442 1,437 5
1974 1,174 1,169 5
1975 970 970 0
1976 808 808 0
1977 744 744 0
1978 639 639 0
1979 587 587 0
1980 568 568 0
1981 533 533 0
1982 486 486 0
1983 372 372 0
1984 373 373 0
1985 362 362 0
1986 272 272 0
1987 246 246 0
1988 227 227 0
1989 224 224 0
1990 210 210 0
1991 209 209 0
1992 187 187 0
1993 153 153 0
1994 164 164 0
1995 142 142 0
1996 129 129 0
1997 133 133 0
1998 124 124 0
1999 116 116 0
2000 119 119 0
2001 120 120 0
2002 93 93 0
2003 103 103 0
2004 104 104 0
2005 93 93 0
2006 88 88 0
2007 79 79 0
2008 61 61 0
2009 56 56 0
2010 52 52 0
2011 47 47 0
2012 56 56 0
2013 59 59 0
2014 48 48 0
2015 64 64 0
2016 53 53 0

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Popularity of Cathy as a first name

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Popularity of Cathy as a last name

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Common last names for Cathy

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cathy U.S.
  White 62.74% 64.26%
  African American 29.01% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.07% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.25% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cathy

People with the last name Cathy are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Cathy

  • How Popular is the name Cathy? Cathy is the 418th most popular name of all time. As a last name Cathy was the 49,546th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cathy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 170,409 babies born with the first name Cathy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cathy to occupy the country of Saint Lucia with an estimated population of 166,526 (as of May 10, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cathy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1918 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Cathy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cathy is Monday, November 28th, 1887.
  • What year had the most people named Cathy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cathy was in 1958 with a total of 10,934 babies. That's a lot of babies named Cathy!
  • Random Cathy Factoid: According to the 1956 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cathy ranks 30th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Illinois. Imagine that, 634 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 1956.
  • Weird things about the name Cathy: Your name in reverse order is Yhtac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tacyh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cathy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 424 people with the last name Cathy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cathy? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Cathy as their last name since less than 1 person in 714k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
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