I have liked Kate forever and thought DH didn’t, but apparently he has come around.
What do you all think? Too overused?
Yeah… Kate is sweet and classic, but constantly being questioned if it’s short for Katelyn or Katherine and then which of the 100 spellings must get old. I like Kate in the middle slot with a lot of names though!
True, it would make a nice MN. I have a niece with the MN Kathryn after our grandma.
yellowwattsParticipant5 months ago
I love it. Love it love it love it! If our last name wasn’t Watts I’d name a daughter Kate in a heartbeat!
EsmeraldaParticipant5 months ago
Katherine/Kate is a strong and beautiful classic. It is too popular for me personally to use as a first name (I have it in the middle of one of my combos) but I wouldn’t say it is ‘overused’. In fact, I haven’t come across a baby Katherine/Kate in a long while. This is one of those classics that you just can’t go wrong with and if you love it you should go with it!
Alternatively, you could consider a less well-used form:
TheWishingStarParticipant5 months ago
I absolutely adore Kate, not really crazy about any of the Katherine or Katelyn variations though. I’m with lcd1912 – I love the idea of just Kate as a middle name, no dealing with the millions of different spellings that could be shortened to it.
Honestly, yeah, it’s popular, but it has gone down in popularity a LOT. Like, in high school, I had four different good friends with a Kate variation name. Freshman year of college, I had two roommates who went by a form of Katy. It’s one of those names that’s hard to really judge the popularity of, because you have to add up all the variations that can lead to Kate. But it’s definitely WAY less overused these days. I hear it as a middle name a lot, but I haven’t met any little Kates/Katies in ages. So no, I don’t think it’s too overused these days. I’d be more worried about the fact that there are a hundred names that could be shortened to Kate….
ashthedreamerParticipant5 months ago
I LOVE Catherine! I prefer the “C” spelling (more reminiscent of Jane Austen! :)), but I love Katherine in many of her forms, and I think Kate is sweet. I have Catherine nn Kit on my list, but Katherine/Catherine has a plethora of lovely nicknames. I’d love to meet a little Katherine/Catherine, and William, Alexander, and Catherine are perfect together!
William, Alexander & Katherine/Catherine are a great sibset! I too prefer the “C” spelling of Catherine but I like Kate with a “K” and nothing is worse than mixing the letters (Catherine nn Kate)!
I like the look of Catherine but it always reminds me of Anne of Green Gables saying, “Catherine with a C is so stuck-up.”
Thanks for the feedback! I think Katarina is really pretty; I might run that by DH. I do like Kate as an MN as well.
I know of a baby Kate and a baby Katie but they are message board friends; I can’t think of any IRL. I know my sis had considered Kathryn/Katie as a FN but didn’t think it flowed well with their last name so that’s why she ended up using it as a middle instead.
Evangeline Kate (though this makes me think of Kate from Lost, who was played by Evangeline Lilly; do you think many people would make that connection?)
Evangeline Kate is my favorite (I love short & sweet Kate in the middle paired with a long first name). I would also never make that connection you are worried about!
vivnolesParticipant5 months ago
I love Kate! I think it is great! It may be popular, but it hasn’t lost it’s dazzle
rylane46Participant4 months ago
I love Kate! It’s my middle daughters middle name…I would’ve loved to use it as her first name but the idea of her being called Katie was a deal breaker. And Katherine was out for me because SOs mom is Kathryn nn Kathy.
Liliana Kate would be lovely
kimihaParticipant3 months, 4 weeks ago
i think kate is great. its girly and simple and always sounds modern. i prefer catherine spelled with the c. and i like just kate better
yellowwattsParticipant3 months, 4 weeks ago
I LOVE Kate! I think it’s such a sweet and refreshing name actually and I like it perfectly on it’s own. As for the other, I prefer Catherine for obvious reasons.
starryskyParticipant3 months, 3 weeks ago
Katherine is beautiful. Some names will always be a classic, this is one for sure.
I once knew a Katrin, (sounds like Kay-trin), her nickname could have been Kate.
TwoSapphiresParticipant3 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks for the feedback, everyone!
Hmm, one more thought … would it be bad to have a Will(iam) and Kate?
OK since we also have an Alex? (Of course, their son is George *Alexander* Louis, LOL!)
TheWishingStarParticipant3 months, 2 weeks ago
So, as I was reading through the old responses, and saw William and Katherine/Kate together, I definitely immediately thought that the names all sounded extremely royal. And was going to comment on that. But yeah, you’ve noticed too, so now I’m thinking together they may be a bit over-the-top. I don’t really think having another sibling keeps names from being matchy, in general, because you never know when people will just be talking about two of them…
I still love Katherine/Kate, but I also do definitely think that people are going to make that connection.
PhlutegirlParticipant3 months, 2 weeks ago
I do not think that Katherine, nicknamed Kate, is too over-used. I find Katherine to be a lovely classic that is timeless and ageless. It’s common enough that it is recognizable, but it isn’t overly popular like Sophia and Aidan. Kate could be the Duchess of Cambridge or the girl next door. It’s a name that any girl can wear and make her own. She can be a punk rock goddess or a Vogue fashion icon.