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Kathy

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334k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kathy

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

Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the female given names Katherine, Kathleen, and related names; also used as a formal given name.

Notable Persons Named Kathy

Kathy Griffin is an observational comedy, ribaldry, black comedy, and improvisational theatre comedian. Kathy was given the name Kathleen Mary Griffin on November 4th, 1960 in Oak Park, Illinois.

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She has been prominent since 1971. Kathy was given the name Kathleen Doyle Bates on June 28th, 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

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Kathy Najimy is an actress and actor. She has had major accomplishments since 1985. Kathy was given the name Kathy Ann Najimy on February 6th, 1957 in San Diego, California, U.S.

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Kathy Hilton is an actress, fashion designer, and philanthropist. Kathy was given the name Kathleen Elizabeth Avanzino on March 13th, 1959 in New York City, New York, United States.

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Kathy Reichs is a crime and since 1997 forensic anthropology, novelist, and professor. Kathy was born in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Kathy Baker is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1983. Kathy was given the name Katherine Whitton Baker on June 8th, 1950 in Midland, Texas, U.S.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1910 5 5 0
1914 7 7 0
1915 10 10 0
1916 8 8 0
1917 8 8 0
1918 8 8 0
1919 11 11 0
1920 10 10 0
1921 15 15 0
1922 17 17 0
1923 12 12 0
1924 13 13 0
1925 9 9 0
1926 34 34 0
1927 35 35 0
1928 18 18 0
1929 35 35 0
1930 29 29 0
1931 40 40 0
1932 58 58 0
1933 45 45 0
1934 79 79 0
1935 99 99 0
1936 136 136 0
1937 157 157 0
1938 246 246 0
1939 365 365 0
1940 604 604 0
1941 947 947 0
1942 1,546 1,538 8
1943 2,044 2,033 11
1944 2,422 2,417 5
1945 2,753 2,753 0
1946 4,187 4,178 9 #79 girl name
1947 5,719 5,698 21 #64 girl name
1948 6,157 6,148 9 #55 girl name
1949 8,465 8,450 15 #42 girl name
1950 9,111 9,089 22 #38 girl name
1951 10,433 10,409 24 #35 girl name
1952 12,397 12,371 26 #29 girl name
1953 13,407 13,394 13 #23 girl name
1954 14,191 14,171 20 #23 girl name
1955 15,357 15,324 33 #22 girl name
1956 17,195 17,171 24 #20 girl name
1957 20,282 20,232 50 #20 girl name
1958 23,988 23,943 45 #14 girl name
1959 21,855 21,816 39 #15 girl name
1960 18,522 18,480 42 #21 girl name
1961 16,422 16,379 43 #25 girl name
1962 14,791 14,759 32 #27 girl name
1963 12,246 12,219 27 #34 girl name
1964 10,395 10,371 24 #39 girl name
1965 7,783 7,762 21 #54 girl name
1966 6,331 6,318 13 #59 girl name
1967 5,425 5,405 20 #64 girl name
1968 4,689 4,677 12 #76 girl name
1969 4,766 4,752 14 #77 girl name
1970 4,809 4,797 12 #77 girl name
1971 3,880 3,863 17 #91 girl name
1972 3,045 3,033 12
1973 2,383 2,371 12
1974 1,928 1,921 7
1975 1,702 1,690 12
1976 1,388 1,382 6
1977 1,406 1,406 0
1978 1,139 1,134 5
1979 1,116 1,111 5
1980 1,017 1,010 7
1981 958 958 0
1982 885 878 7
1983 770 765 5
1984 675 670 5
1985 617 617 0
1986 571 571 0
1987 517 517 0
1988 527 522 5
1989 469 469 0
1990 478 478 0
1991 472 472 0
1992 474 474 0
1993 445 445 0
1994 454 454 0
1995 409 409 0
1996 446 446 0
1997 389 389 0
1998 386 386 0
1999 361 361 0
2000 379 379 0
2001 340 340 0
2002 362 362 0
2003 307 307 0
2004 282 282 0
2005 284 284 0
2006 293 293 0
2007 294 294 0
2008 268 268 0
2009 202 202 0
2010 190 190 0
2011 171 171 0
2012 174 174 0
2013 139 139 0
2014 142 142 0
2015 126 126 0
2016 159 159 0

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Popularity of Kathy as a first name

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Common last names for Kathy

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • Phillips
  • Scott
  • White
  • Walker

Fun Facts about the name Kathy

  • How Popular is the name Kathy? Kathy is the 212th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Kathy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 334,167 babies born with the first name Kathy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kathy to occupy the country of Iceland with an estimated population of 320,060 (as of April 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kathy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1910 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kathy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kathy is Wednesday, January 6th, 1886.
  • What year had the most people named Kathy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kathy was in 1958 with a total of 23,943 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kathy!
  • Random Kathy Factoid: According to the 1968 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kathy ranks 52nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Alabama. Imagine that, 120 babies in Alabama have the same name as you in 1968.
  • Weird things about the name Kathy: Your name in reverse order is Yhtak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Akhyt. How do you pronounce that?

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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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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