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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Cathy
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Cathy in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Cathy:
Records indicate that 167,345 girls in the United States have been named Cathy since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1958, when 10,934 people in the U.S. were given the name Cathy. Those people are now 62 years old.
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Comments about the name Cathy
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3 Positive Comments
"I am a Mary Catherine, born in 1949 when there were a LOT of Catherine s of many spellings. I go by Cathy and when I give it to someone to either write down or enter in a computer, I say: "Cathy with a C". In the age of computers, it is mot wise to have someone go by their middle name. Cathy is a hard name for children to master.They say:"Caffy" or "Cabby", etc. Only one of my 6 siblings had his sons say my name correctly from the outset. He said to his 1.5 year old sons:"Watch my lips"; they got it right! Unless you plan on raising a very pious Mary Catherine, I would not recommend that combination. Many times when I have to give my full, legal name, someone says "Oh, like a nun?" I sometimes suspect that my parents were going to call me "Mary Catherine" all the time but after they started raising what they considered to be an obnoxious baby, decided to drop the Mary on a regular basis." Sep. 18, 2018:
"I think it's one of the most beautiful English names. It is so feminine and gentle and has a delightful old English sound and spelling. I'd love to be named Cathy." Oct. 13, 2009:
"It's rare to find a Cathy with a C. My name is short for Catherine-Ann too. I was called Cathy-Ann in grade school - hated it." Nov. 28, 2007:
10 Neutral Comments
"My name is Cathy Ann. Yes I get ?Is that with a C or a K? and then what is your real name and I say that is my real name. And they say no is it Catherine or Cathleen. I say it is Cathy. ?.my Dad called me KitCat. My friends Cat or Cathy." Jul. 19, 2020:
"Just plain Cathy. Always say with a c as too many times folks spell with a K." Jan. 11, 2020:
"I am always bothered by people asking,?is that with a K or a C?.....what does it matter, I am just picking up a pizza!" Dec. 5, 2017:
"I think the name cathy is better than the name aiden" Mar. 23, 2017:
"My youngest daughter is called Cathy. I like this name, think it's very pretty and feminine, besides I love classic names and all my children have such names but now after many years sometimes I wonder why I called her Cathy, not Catherine? Cathy is a bit childish and even though Cathy fits her, Catherine would be better choyce, I guess. It's even more feminine and classic than Cathy. When my daughter went to primary school, she had in class one more Cathy, two Katies, Cathie, four Kathleens and Katherine. It was 60-s so these names were quite popular in Ireland, especially Kathleen as usually. So my daughter was Cathy number 2. It sounds strange for me. Recently she told me that similar situation is in her workplace. Katie, Katy, Katherine, a couple of Kathleens, one more Cathy and her employer - Kate. Strange. She is called Cat by her coworkers. Really strange situation." Nov. 1, 2015:
"I'm Catherine and go by Cathy. I think I would have much preferred to go by Cat, if given the choice. To me, Cathy conveys a middle aged woman who loves gossip, a "Chatty Cathy". This image really does not fit me as I am only 30 years old. Every time I meet someone it always seems that they either have an aunt named Cathy or their mom is named Cathy. I will say that spelling it with a C is much nicer than with a K. It seems classier." Jun. 10, 2010:
"I adore the name Cathy. But I think it is a bit strange written down. Ever since the flowers in the attic came out in america, i have loved the name. I would like to call my daughter Catherine, but I shall call her Cathy for short." Feb. 20, 2010:
"If you want to call your daughter Cathy, let her be a Catherine and use it as a nickname. I've always found Cathy to look strange in print (it's my name) and am glad I can use Catherine professionally. As a nickname it's just fine." Oct. 20, 2008:
"My sisters name is Cathy and I see nothing wrong with it.
Short for Catherine-Ann.
I would rather Cathy than Catherine-Ann." Nov. 24, 2007:
"There is nothing good about this except that it's short." Jul. 30, 2007:
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