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Quick Facts on Katie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 244
Simple meaning:
Pure, Innocent

Characteristics of Katie

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Katie

The name Katie originated as a pet form of the name Katherine or Kathleen. Katherine is the English form of the more typically French name Catherine, which was borne by a popular Christian saint martyred in Alexandria, Egypt in the 4th century, and a favorite in medieval times when the popularity of the name grew. The etymology of Katherine is debated, but she probably shares her roots with the name Hecate, Greek goddess of the wilderness, childbirth, and crossroads. Alternately, the Greek name “Aikaterina” has led to speculation that the name is derived from the Greek 'aikia,' meaning 'torture,' but this is not widely held (although St. Catherine was tortured at the wheel which might be from where this folk etymology originated). The 4th-Century Saint Catherine of Alexandria, nicknamed 'the pure one,' was a Christian martyr tortured on the wheel for upholding her religious beliefs. The name was associated with the Greek ‘katharos’' meaning 'pure.' Our modern use of the Greek-derived “catharsis,” (to purge or cleanse), also lends to C/Katherine's association with ideas of purity and innocence. The byname Katie developed into an independent name in her own right in the 20th century. The name is often paired with other names such as Katie-Ann, Katie-Louise, or Katie-Mae.

Popularity of the Name Katie

Katie has been in use as an independent given name in America since the government began tracking naming trends back in 1880. In fact, the name was quite popular at the turn of the 20th century. After losing a spot on the Top 100 list in the late 1800s, Katie started her slow and steady decline on the charts. In the late 1960s, the name began to show signs of a comeback, and in 1978 she reestablished herself on the Top 100. The height of Katie’s popularity came in the 1980s during which time the name maintained a spot on the Top 50 list of most commonly used girl names. Her time on the Top 100 lasted a little more than 20 years and Katie fell off the list in 2001; she’s been slipping in popularity ever since. Katie appears to have stepped aside for the trendier (and arguably overused) Katelyn family of names. Nonetheless, Katie is a great choice. Having originated as a pet name gives it a cute and bubbly quality (think Katie Couric). It can be shortened to Kate for a stronger more dramatic resonance (think Kate Hepburn). Katie is a modern-day classic and risk-free choice.
Popularity of the Girl Name Katie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Katie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Katie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Katie

    Katie We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Katie.

  • Popular Songs on Katie

    Popular Songs on Katie

    Christmas Katie - a song by Widespread Panic

    Don't Cry Katie - a song by Kingston Trio

    Katie - a song by Deana Carter

    Katie - a song by Mary Black

    Katie - a song by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones

    Katie - a song by Missy Higgins

    Katie Mae - a song by the Grateful Dead

    Katie's Been Gone - a song by Bob Dylan

    Katie's Been Gone - a song by The Band

    Maybe Katie - a song by the Barenaked Ladies

    What Katie Did - a song by The Libertines

    What Katie Said - a song by The Matches

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Katie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Katie

    A Collection of Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo: Books 1-4 (Nancy Krulik) - A special treat for Katie Kazoo fans! This hardcover collection combines the first four books in the bestselling Katie Kazoo series in one paper over board edition, perfect for young readers who are new to the series, or anyone who just can’t get enough of Katie! Titles included are #1 Anyone But Me, #2 Out to Lunch, #3 Oh, Baby, and #4 Girls Don’t Have Cooties. After you enjoy these, there are plenty more Katie Kazoo books in the series! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Flyaway Katie (Polly Dunbar) - When young Katie gets up she's feeling gray—literally gray--but that changes after she decides to put color back in her life. First, it's a green hat, then yellow tights, blue shoes, and pink dress. But that's not enough for Katie. Her lips are painted a shiny red; her face is colored blue like her shoes. Orange stripes are brushed on her arms, and there's purple paint on her nails. Once all the colors dry, they turn "flighty" and "fizzling" until Katie erupts out of the whirlwind as a bird in full plumage, frolicking with the birds until it's time to fly home for her bath. Children will be engaged by the artwork--neatly framed pictures that eventually burst into a mixed-media multihued whirl full of stars and small wheels. The cover art, featuring Katie with lusciously colored wings, gives a hint of what is to come. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Katie Did It (Becky Bring McDaniel) - All Rookie Readers actively engage young readers, encouraging language development, building fluency, and promoting independent reading. By targeting a skill, like learning about repetitive text, young readers are building fundamental reading skills with the help of fun, lively, colorfully illustrated stories. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Katie Loves the Kittens (John Himmelman) - This sweet book tells the story of a dog—that's Katie—who is utterly infatuated with her owner's new kittens. Aroooooo! howls Katie eagerly whenever she sees the tiny felines, but her vocalizing, leaping and avid tail-wagging only scare the living daylights out of them. Katie learns, after some setbacks (readers will totally sympathize), that desperately wanting to make friends is not necessarily a good starting point; sometimes, it's better to let the other side take the lead. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Katie's Picture Show (James Mayhew) - Katie visits the gallery for the first time with Grandma and discovers that art is wonderfully exciting, especially when five famous paintings come alive for her! Other Katie books by James Mayhew include Katie Meets the Impressionists, Katie and the Mona Lisa, Katie and the Sunflowers, Katie and the Dinosaurs, Katie in London, and Katie and the Spanish Princess. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Katie

    Famous People Named Katie

    Famous People Named Katie - Katie Holmes (born Kate Noelle Holmes, actress); Katie Couric (born Katherine Anne Couric, newscaster); Katy Perry (born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Katie

    Children of Famous People Named Katie

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Katie - George Lucas (writer/director)

  • Historic Figures

    Katie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Katie - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Katie.

Personality of the Girl Name Katie

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Katie

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