(Closed) Baby name question… Catherine? Cate or Kate??!

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Which spelling?



  • Post # 31
    1225 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I know a Catherine/Kate and she said it was really confusing for people and she wishes she had gone by Cate instead but when she decided on the nickname as a kid, she didn’t know you could spell it like that, lol.

    Post # 32
    546 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

    My understanding is that Catherine is the British and Katherine is the Irish root if that helps clear it up. Personally, I like Catherine, but I’m biased. My first name is Caitlin and while I don’t often (or voluntarily) go by Cait/Cate/Kate, people who call me that tend to spell it either Cait (if they know me well) or Kate (if they don’t). Unfortunately, I think you can spell her name anyway you want and she’ll still be correcting people her whole life. I would go with what you (and she) prefer though. And who knows, she could get older and insist on being called K8 or Cat or ‘rine or who even knows.

    As someone with a name that always has to be spelled out, I will tell you that it’s sometimes a pain when giving out email address, etc. IE if your daughter tells people ‘oh, you can reach me at Cate Smith at gmail dot com’ a lot of people will assume it’s [email protected] not [email protected] because that’s the more common spelling. But it’s easy enough to say “Cate with a C” so I wouldn’t worry too much. Just a thought.

    Post # 33
    216 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

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    redpeonies:  My name is Catherine, and my family calls me Katie. Yes, Catherine with a C and Katie with a K. It confuses everyone, so when I graduated college I started introducing myself as Cate. It’s more unique than Kate, and I think it just makes sense since my full name starts with a C. However, since Cate isn’t well known, people spell it wrong all the time. Kinda frustrating.

    Bottom line: my advice would be to have a nickname that starts with C. Catie, Cate, Cathy, etc. 

    Post # 34
    944 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I haven’t read all the responses, but if you go with the spelling of Catherine and want the sound of the nickname to be “Kate” I think a lot of times it’s spelled Cait. At least that’s what I’ve seen. Go with whatever spelling you like, though. If you like Cate, all the power to ya. 

    Post # 35
    108 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

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    redpeonies:  I named my baby Katherine but it is annoying because every time I tell someone her name I have to say Katherine. Katherine with a K. I had not realized this issue before I had her. I went with Katherine because I wanted a classic name that was easy to understand and spell but it turns out that it is just as frustrating as one of those new never heard of before names.

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    Post # 36
    2186 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    redpeonies:  I voted Cate. I’ve also seen Catie! 

    Post # 37
    2656 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

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    redpeonies:  My co-worker’s daughter is Catherine and we call her Kate, I love it!

    Post # 38
    262 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    My sister goes by Caiti

    Post # 39
    861 posts
    Busy bee

    My middle name is Katherine. I like it with a K. 

    I also find most Catherine ‘s I know go by Cat and Katherine with Kate or Katie. 

    And I really hate Kathy or Cathy…lol. 

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