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Kate

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79k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
302
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kate

"Kate" is a name of English origin, and it means "Pure". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Kate
The brambling finch.
Wiktionary
  1. A medieval pet form of Catherine and related names. Also used as a formal female given name.

Kate was also found in the following language(s): Danish, German, Manx, and Norwegian

Notable Persons Named Kate

Kate Beckinsale is an actress and model. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to present. Kate was given the name Kathrin Romary Beckinsale by her parents Richard Beckinsale and Judy Loe on July 26th, 1973 in Finsbury Park, London, England, UK.

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Kate Mara is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to present. Kate was given the name Kate Rooney Mara on February 27th, 1983 in Bedford, New York, U.S.

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Kate McKinnon is an actress, voice actress, and comedian. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2006 to present. Kate was given the name Kate McKinnon Berthold on January 6th, 1984 in Sea Cliff, New York, U.S.

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Kate Hudson is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1996. Kate was given the name Kate Garry Hudson by her parents Bill Hudson (singer) and Goldie Hawn on April 19th, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Kate Winslet is an actress and singer. She was most active from 1991 to present. Kate was given the name Kate Elizabeth Winslet on October 5th, 1975 in Reading, Berkshire, England.

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Katie Holmes is an actress and model. She has been prominent since 1997. Katie was given the name Kate Noelle Holmes on December 18th, 1978 in Toledo, Ohio, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kate

Anissa was born on May 7th, 1987 in Lyon.

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Lauren was born on March 21st, 1981 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.

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Ellen "Ella" Liddy Watson or Cattle Kate was a rancher. Ellen was born on July 2nd, 1860 in Arran Lake, Bruce County, Ontario. Ellen is also known as Ella Watson, Cattle Kate, and Mrs. James Averell. She breathed her last breath on July 20th, 1889.

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the was born on February 16th, 1822 in The Hague. He breathed his last breath on March 26th, 1891.

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Parker was born in 1952. Parker is also known as Horsley and Kate (pen name).

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Tukaram Kate is a Member of Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra and Member of Legislative AssemblyofMaharashtra.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 299 299 0 #79 girl name
1881 267 267 0 #86 girl name
1882 293 293 0 #87 girl name
1883 294 294 0 #91 girl name
1884 344 344 0 #88 girl name
1885 309 309 0 #96 girl name
1886 335 335 0 #100 girl name
1887 331 331 0
1888 360 360 0
1889 362 362 0
1890 352 352 0
1891 305 305 0
1892 345 345 0
1893 323 323 0
1894 328 328 0
1895 262 262 0
1896 303 303 0
1897 267 267 0
1898 297 297 0
1899 219 219 0
1900 297 297 0
1901 196 196 0
1902 218 213 5
1903 202 202 0
1904 213 213 0
1905 183 183 0
1906 196 196 0
1907 184 184 0
1908 191 191 0
1909 183 183 0
1910 206 206 0
1911 216 216 0
1912 260 260 0
1913 257 257 0
1914 311 311 0
1915 344 339 5
1916 318 318 0
1917 322 322 0
1918 302 302 0
1919 309 309 0
1920 255 255 0
1921 289 289 0
1922 234 234 0
1923 225 225 0
1924 222 222 0
1925 173 173 0
1926 164 164 0
1927 151 151 0
1928 131 131 0
1929 122 122 0
1930 110 110 0
1931 99 99 0
1932 97 97 0
1933 83 83 0
1934 94 94 0
1935 105 105 0
1936 95 95 0
1937 81 81 0
1938 95 95 0
1939 107 107 0
1940 94 94 0
1941 111 111 0
1942 102 102 0
1943 102 102 0
1944 89 89 0
1945 76 76 0
1946 89 89 0
1947 121 121 0
1948 109 109 0
1949 111 111 0
1950 107 107 0
1951 112 112 0
1952 100 100 0
1953 117 117 0
1954 103 103 0
1955 121 121 0
1956 108 108 0
1957 162 162 0
1958 157 157 0
1959 175 175 0
1960 207 207 0
1961 221 221 0
1962 218 218 0
1963 210 210 0
1964 212 212 0
1965 205 205 0
1966 181 181 0
1967 172 172 0
1968 198 198 0
1969 225 225 0
1970 296 296 0
1971 226 226 0
1972 258 258 0
1973 275 275 0
1974 350 350 0
1975 476 476 0
1976 530 530 0
1977 829 829 0
1978 1,001 1,001 0
1979 1,267 1,260 7
1980 1,337 1,329 8
1981 1,397 1,397 0
1982 1,341 1,341 0
1983 1,340 1,335 5
1984 1,558 1,553 5
1985 1,497 1,491 6
1986 1,452 1,441 11
1987 1,453 1,448 5
1988 1,150 1,150 0
1989 1,086 1,077 9
1990 1,034 1,034 0
1991 979 979 0
1992 838 838 0
1993 785 785 0
1994 752 752 0
1995 717 717 0
1996 811 811 0
1997 893 893 0
1998 1,139 1,139 0
1999 1,400 1,400 0
2000 1,397 1,397 0
2001 1,632 1,625 7
2002 1,668 1,668 0
2003 2,054 2,054 0
2004 2,227 2,218 9
2005 2,409 2,404 5
2006 2,441 2,441 0
2007 2,550 2,550 0
2008 2,418 2,418 0
2009 1,985 1,985 0
2010 1,490 1,490 0
2011 1,791 1,791 0
2012 1,642 1,642 0
2013 1,737 1,737 0
2014 1,619 1,619 0
2015 1,474 1,474 0
2016 1,382 1,382 0

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Popularity of Kate as a first name

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Popularity of Kate as a last name

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Common last names for Kate

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Anderson
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • White
  • Martin
  • Green

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kate U.S.
  White 67.22% 64.26%
  African American 16.56% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 9.27% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.30% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kate

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

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Fun Facts about the name Kate

  • How Popular is the name Kate? Kate is the 750th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kate was the 65,593rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kate have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 78,733 babies born with the first name Kate in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kate to occupy the country of Andorra with an estimated population of 78,115 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kate? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 299 new born babies.
  • When was Kate first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kate is Tuesday, June 26th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Kate born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kate was in 2007 with a total of 2,550 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kate!
  • Random Kate Factoid: According to the 2006 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kate ranks 67th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 8 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 2006.
  • Weird things about the name Kate: Your name in reverse order is Etak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aetk. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kate? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 302 people with the last name Kate.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kate? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kate as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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