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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Kathy
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Kathy in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Kathy:
Records indicate that 331,653 girls in the United States have been named Kathy since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1958, when 23,931 people in the U.S. were given the name Kathy. Those people are now 63 years old.
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Comments about the name Kathy
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15 Positive Comments
"Mine?s with a K. Had several classmates we?re in 60?s. Never hear it anymore. Love it. Named after my Grandmother Katie. Love the name Kathy with a K." Jan. 8, 2021:
"Fine by me but I am 70. But I always say Kathy with a K. Short for Kathleen, which I only use legally and formally." Sep. 30, 2019:
"Kathy with a K & love it because my Mother & Father chose it! Never had a problem. I have been called Kit Kat, & Kath & just Kat. I like all those too!
My full name is Kathy Jean & I like that too!" Sep. 23, 2018:
"I was born in 59 - Kathryn but was always called Kathy. I love the name Kathryn and the way it is spelled." Jan. 27, 2017:
"When I was growing up I did not like the name because it was sooo popular. I was born in 64 so right at the height of it's popularity. But, now I love it because there are not very many of them and it fits me. I am called Kat by my husband, his father and sometimes other family members and I love it." Sep. 12, 2016:
"My name is Kathy Jean (Kathy with a "K"). I was born in 1956 and all through my life I have been surrounded by Kathy's at work except now! I know I must be getting old because for the first time I am the only Kathy in my company! I foresee a resurgence in this name very soon as they are bringing back the names popular in the 50's - so I say name your baby girl KATHY (with a K of course)!" Jun. 5, 2015:
"My name is Kathy with a "K" I was named after my grandmother whom was southern. I like my name but, it isn't as popular as it used to be. I always have to tell people it's with a "K" that really makes me mad when people spell it wrong, and when people call me Katherine" Jan. 22, 2015:
"Like others most think my name is Katherine..in fact, as a freshman in college, a professor got frustrated when he asked for my full name and I told him Kathy Lynn, and he told me in avery loud ands tern voice,"I said your FULL NAME YOUNG LADY!, I took me 10 minutes to explain to him my full names IS Kathy Lynn!" Jun. 21, 2014:
"My mommas name is Kathy with a K(: and her last name is Bagley and some people call her KatBag or Baglady(: haha I think it is funny and it totally fits her personality(:" Nov. 19, 2011:
"I tell people it's Kathy with a K. I was born in 1958 and I had two other Kathys that were in school with me. We all spelled our name with a K. It was a very popular name. Some people used to ask if it was short for Katherine, which it wasn't. I really like my name. Kathy from South Carolina." Apr. 6, 2011:
"Yes my name is Kathy, with a "K" I always say!
I was born in 1961, and I LOVE MY NAME>
in Louisiana" Jul. 17, 2010:
"My name is Katherine, but I go by Kathy. I think it is pretty and sweet... and not many people use it anymore... so it is unique again." Jan. 8, 2010:
"I was named after the baby in my mom's favorite tv show "Petticoat Junction" -- Kathy Jo. It was nice to always have something of my mom I could never lose or have take away. Sure people always speel it with a c first or stupidly ask me if it is short for katherine or Kathleen, but that is them and not me. I do go by Kat, but only with people I want to use that nickname, and they are very few." Oct. 16, 2009:
"My full name is Kathleen, and Kathleen has been the name I've been known by in my family and at work. But, growing up, my friends and teachers ALWAYS knew me as Kathy. Kathy, while not the most sophisticated of names, is a warm sort of moniker ... it's nice to wake up to in the mornings! Kathy seems friendly and sincere. Someone you would trust and someone you would want to know. While being called "Kathleen" is lovely, I always appreciate it when folks come down a peg to "Kathy"!" Feb. 2, 2009:
"yes my name is kathy and i always got to say "" Hi my is Kathy with a K" Nov. 24, 2006:
4 Negative Comments
"My name is Kathy Ann as well!! DO NOT name you poor baby girl Kathy or any form of it! It old worn out and over used!! I am 44 and there are about 10 Kathy's at any given time. I work with about 15 and EVERY time I meet someone they say "OH, my so and so is a Kathy" BLAH!!! I even TRY to get people to call me KATHY ANN to set me apart from the masses but people are lazy or something!! They just call me Kathy and I loathe it!!!" Dec. 1, 2012:
"I hate my name too. I got stuck with the hick name Kathy Ann. I go by Katie, and I wish that my parents named me Katherine instead." Mar. 10, 2007:
"I have always hated my name, Katherine is better but who cares because no one ever calls me that" Aug. 21, 2006:
"I hate "Kathy" my name is Katheirne, which is better but no one ever call me that." Aug. 21, 2006:
19 Neutral Comments
"I was born in 1950, and my name is Kathleen, although I've only been called that when, as a kid, my mother was upset with me. Everyone has always called me Kathy, and I prefer that, Kathleen sounds too formal. I don't run into many Kathy's anymore, but growing up there were just enough of them to not feel it was an odd name." Aug. 24, 2019:
"My nameMy name is Kathy and I'm 11 years old right now and I hate the name because people always talk about how their Grandma's name is that and it just makes me feel old when I have that name." Jun. 15, 2019:
"I am in my 30s and I find my name Kathy quite dated and I don?t really love it. I am called Kat and Kath in social settings but not at work. It feels odd to call myself anything other than Kathy when I?m in a professional setting, because I work in publishing, my name is printed and I always question if I like it but I think it?s too late to change it now because that?s what people call me and what I?m known as. I have an unusual last name so that helps. I?ve never been teased though." Apr. 3, 2019:
"Other people say its a good name and its cute, but i hate my name. i feel like i got a bad name and i feel weird, not included with the people who have good names. also, most middle aged women and grandmothers have my name since it is not as popular anymore, and im embarassed to tell people and say my name." May. 15, 2018:
"I do not like being called Kathy. My entire family calls me that and when I moved to a new state,I just introduced myself as Kathryn. That's it.Call me Kate, Katie, or Kathryn but do NOT call me Kathy. So ugly." Mar. 28, 2018:
"I'm a Kathy with a K and hate it. My mom was named Kathryn and I always thought either she was lazy or conceited. I got in trouble in the 4th grade as the teacher was asking everyone's full name and she got to me and I said Kathy. She thru her pencil across the desk and was very angry. I had to bring my birth certificate in to show her I was actually named Kathy Lynn. I've always hated the name." Feb. 9, 2018:
"Well I am also Kathy with a K. My mom thought it would be cute to be called KK so I am Kathy Kay. People have made fun of it all of my life. I'll be 60 in a couple of weeks.
I was always Kay at home, not KK. I absolutely hate my name. I always have. I think Kathleen would be lovely as long as the middle name was not Kay." Jun. 15, 2017:
"My name is Kathleen, people try to give me nicknames, it must be so long to pronouce Kathleen. People try Kathy, Kat, and when I tell them I'm not a nickname sort of person they don't stop because giving me my nickname must be so special. Well I like my normal name, it's me, and not using my actual name irks me." Jun. 1, 2017:
"Kathy with a "K", of course was asked lots of times...are you sure...it's not Katherine or something like that....I find it amuzing and have always been proud of my name" Apr. 21, 2017:
"My name is Kathleen but mostly I've been called Kathy all my life. I was born in 1971 and as a kid in school there were so many Kathys, it was probably the most popular name. But as an adult now, I rarely meet any Kathys. I like the name, it's sorta sweet and feminine without being over the top. I hope it comes back! it's been the perfect name for me!" Jan. 20, 2017:
"My name is Kathleen and I was born in 1971. As a kid I hated the name Kathleen and preferred Kathy. As a 45 year old adult I like both names, to be honest I feel more comfortable as Kathy, as I'm called that by most people, and I like the name, as dated as it is, but I feel it will come back. I feel both are pretty names. When I was a kid I knew at least three Kathys now I don't know any." Oct. 29, 2016:
"My given name is Kathleen, which I love, but have always been known by Kathy - and that is okay. Now that I am getting older, I tend to introduce myself to new people as Kathleen, a tribute to my Irish American Mom." Jun. 3, 2015:
"Not sure how I feel about it, my name is "Kathy" on my birth certificate. Not Kathleen, Katherine,or Katrina. Just Kathy. I do get a bit embarrassed when asked what "Kathy" is a nickname for though,especially in professional settings.I usually just say "It just says "Kathy" on the birth certificate" *sigh* I do however like the fact the fact it starts with a "K" instead of "C"." Apr. 5, 2014:
"My name is Kathy and I was born in 1953. Quite frankly, I love my name because my parents chose it for me. It's a beautiful name and all of you that hate your name should be ashamed of yourselves ...My full name is Kathy Ann and some folks call me Kat, my Dad always called me Katie, and some just call me by my last name. Doesn't matter to me .... your name is what YOU make it." May. 28, 2013:
"My Mom had an odd name, so she named her daughters very popular names for the years we were born - Linda, my older sister (1954) and m, Kathy (1956). It's a fine name, but I shared it with far too many of my classmates and eventually adopted a foreign version of it to make it clear it was me and not the thousands of other Kathys in the room." May. 10, 2012:
"My name is Kathy and i hate Katherrine. But i somethimes hate it when people spell my name with a C" Sep. 22, 2011:
"I absolutely adore my name. :) My name is Kathrine, but I go by 'Kathy' when I'm in the States. It's a lot better than 'Kat' or 'Kate'. The funny thing is no one can pronounce my name correctly in the country I like in, but still... I like it because it;s feminine and original." Nov. 9, 2008:
"This name is terrible. I've been picked on for years with this name. Don't name your girl this name." Dec. 20, 2007:
"kATHY IS WHAT MOM CALLED ME. KATHY SUE IF I WAS IN FOR IT. IT"S GOTTON TOO BORING THOUGH,SO I SHORTEND IT TO KAT. I LIKE IT MORE." Jan. 25, 2006:
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