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Quick Facts on Tate

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Nordic, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 358
Simple meaning:
Happy, cheerful

Characteristics of Tate

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Tate

Tate is the transferred use of an old Anglo-Scottish surname which originated from an Olde English nickname, Tāta. Etymological study suggests that Tāta was probably brought to England and Scotland by the Vikings and is derived from an Old Norse word “teitr" meaning ‘glad, cheerful’. In fact, Teitr is a name of a 9th or 10th century Icelandic settler whose name was recorded in the medieval Landnámabók (a book describing the Norse founding and settlement of Iceland). In Scotland and northern England, the surname Tate dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries. As a given masculine name, Tate is mainly used in the United States.

Popularity of the Name Tate

Tate first appeared on the male naming charts in 1971 but just sort of struggled at the bottom of the list for a few years before dropping out of site again in the 1980s. The name made a triumphant return in between 1991 and 1992 thanks to the release of a popular film called “Little Man Tate” (October 1991), starring Jody Foster as the single working-class mother of Fred Tate (a 7-year-old child genius). American parents took an instant liking to this Little Man and started using the name Tate nationwide. Perhaps they were hoping for a young prodigy themselves and might channel him through the name. In any case, the name has stuck to the charts this time and remains consistently used at low-moderate levels. Tate is an unpretentious and minimalist choice for a name. It has a strong sound and therefore masculine quality. We absolutely love its ‘cheerful’ etymology, so if you do too, check out Asher and Felix (other ‘happy’ boy names).
Popularity of the Boy Name Tate
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Tate

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Tate

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Tate

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

  • Popular Songs on Tate

    Popular Songs on Tate

    Tate - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Tate.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Tate

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Tate

    Little Tate and the Say Hey Glove (Greg Tetreault) - Little Tate is a major league rookie when it comes to baseball. He can hardly hold a baseball bat right, strikes out at the plate, and he can't even catch a pop fly with his brand new glove. Poor Little Tate gets made fun of for all of his shortcomings on the baseball field and finds it hard to fit in with his peers. With the help of his dad's old glove, and a little bit of practice, Little Tate soon learns that he has the potential to be quite the ball player, and his teammates realize that they shouldn't have been so hard on a friend that only needed some help and encouragement. Will Little Tate help his team win the big game with his new glove? Find out if he makes the catch like the 'Say Hey Kid' in centerfield! Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Tate

    Famous People Named Tate

    Famous People Named Tate - Tate Donovan (actor); Michel Taylor "Tate" Armstrong (basketball player); Tate George (basketball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Tate

    Children of Famous People Named Tate

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Tate - Emma Bunton (singer, former Spice Girl)

  • Historic Figures

    Tate - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Tate

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 - Tate

  • No Variations Found.
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