Kathy Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Kathy:
A pet form of any of the various names beginning with the element Kat(h), Kathy is also commonly bestowed as an independent given name.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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I agree with the below poster when I say I think Kathy has a more timeless feel than a lot of other Katherine diminutives. I can't picture Katie on anyone older than 25 or so, and I can't picture Kate on anyone less than 30. Kathy I think could grow with a girl. I think it combines the best aspects of both Kate and Katie - the playfulness and youthfulness of Katie and the maturity and professionalness of Kate.
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This is what I choose to go by instead of my birth name. People tend to remember me more when I introduce myself as Kathy, and not my given name. I find it both simple and feminine, but still spunky and not overly girly. Despite many who think this is an "old persons name," I can see Kathy on anyone of any age. I see both a girl who wants to be a rockstar, and a cranky, yet loving mother (I mean this in the most sincere way). Even though this name is short, it really does stand out. Which is strange of me, since I typically loathe short names. The "th" sound really sells this name for me, not many female names have hard sounds and still sound pretty.
- Nicknames for Kathy: | Edit
Kate, Kay, Kat, Kath, Kit, Kitten, Kitty
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Kathy Johnson, US Gymnast- Olympic Gold & Silver Medallist
Kathy Bald, Canadian freestyle swimmer
Kathy Radzuweit, German volleyball player
Kathy Smallwood-Cook, British Olympic athlete
Kathy Sheehy, American water polo player
Kathy Tough, Canadian volleyball player
Kathy Watt, Australian female cycle racer
Kathy Weston, American middle distance runner
Kathy Bates, American actress and director
Kathy Freeman, Australian Aboriginal Olympic runner, won gold at Sydney 2000.
Kathy Garver, American television, stage, screen, and voice actress
Kathy Greenwood, Canadian comedian and actress
Kathy Griffin, American stand-up comedian and actress
Kathy Hilton, American actress, celebrity and socialite
Kathy Staff, British actress born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Kathy Foster, American bassist/drummer in various bands including The Thermals and All Girl Summer Fun Band
Kathy Leander, Swiss singer
Kathy Valentine, American bassist for the all-girl pop band The Go-Gos
Kathy Stanton, Sinn Féin Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly in North Belfast
Kathy Sullivan, Australian politician
Kathy Whitmire, American politician
Kathy Acker, American sex-positive feminist writer
Kathy Stinson, Canadian children's writer
Kathy Tyers, American author
Kathy Sierra, author of Head First -programming tutorial series, blogger, game developer
Kathy Butterly, American sculptor
Kathy Ireland, American model
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Kathy Anderson, character in the TV and radio sitcom Father Knows Best
Kathy Mitchell, character in the British soap opera EastEnders
"Kathy's Song" by Simon & Garfunkel from the album Sounds of Silence
"Kathy's Waltz" by The Dave Brubeck Quartet from the album Time Out