Kate, Katie, Catherine, Cate, Katherine etc...

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12/02/2013 at 19:53

Caz is not short for Catherine in any of it's forms.

12/02/2013 at 19:54

To be fair Kate and Catherine aren't that different.  They have three letters in common

Blisters    pirate
12/02/2013 at 20:01

We called our daughter Catherine, so that she could have a choice of what she wanted to call herself. Cath, Cathy, even Kate. Guess what? She has chosen to adopt the name of Cat.


We've no idea where that's come from.

12/02/2013 at 20:13

Good to see you Blisters.  Its been a while since our paths crossed.

So what about other nicknames.  How does Richard become Dick?

12/02/2013 at 21:05

I strongly suspect that some of the people on here aren't called Katie .

12/02/2013 at 21:07

I thought Kate was short for Bob?



12/02/2013 at 21:09
My brothers called James but likes to be called jimmy?

I've heard of this before but never knew why!!
12/02/2013 at 21:12

I'm a Catherine and I insist on being called Catherine. I dislike Cath and Cathy. Kate and Cat are fine but that's not what I'm called. The only abrieviation I answer to is when signed "C". Who in their right mind would use all 9 letters of my name when I understand that everyone calls me C.

12/02/2013 at 21:14
kittenkat wrote (see)
Peter Everitt wrote (see)

I thought Kate was short for Bob?



Very childishly, I'm just enjoying beating you to that one! But immature minds think alike...

I was gutted!

Tommygun2    pirate
12/02/2013 at 21:19

I'm not a Catherine but there are a few derivatives of my name

Thomas becomes Tom, Tommy, Tomsk and Tomster. I prefer Tom or Tommy. Was know for awhile as Tom Booze and I did live up to it in my 20's and early 30's

12/02/2013 at 21:26
Christened Karen but only ever called Katie by my family.
12/02/2013 at 21:27

anything but 'Cathy'. for some reasin that name gives me the boak.

12/02/2013 at 21:36
There will only ever be one Katy on this forum.
12/02/2013 at 23:42
I have an uncle Dennis the family call Dick and an aunt Sharon called Pam :-0
12/02/2013 at 23:49

My name is Sarah. I occasionally get called 'Sar', which is pronounced 'sair'. It sounds likes someone's trailed off mid-word. 

I've said for a long time that if I ever have children I'm going to give them a name that gives them options. 

12/02/2013 at 23:59

I am Catherine the beautiful Princess...when the wife goes out on a saturday 

13/02/2013 at 00:00

oooooooh TOTP

gingerfurball    pirate
13/02/2013 at 09:13

My full name is Regina - which I HATE HATE HATE!!  When I was about 8 I shortened it to Gina (which I love!!) - I don't have Regina on any document!  Not even my birth certificate or my marriage licence.

My daughter Jennifer gets Jenn, our son Daniel is called Daniel by everyone (except us at home when he's either Big Ginger Dan or Handsome Dan a la Waynes World) our other daughter is Laura which is unshortenable (I think I made up a word) and MrGFB is Micky - short for Michael of course.

13/02/2013 at 09:41

i met the duchess of cambridge a couple of times when she was a student.

everyone just called her 'beautiful kate'.

13/02/2013 at 09:55
SuperCaz wrote (see)

So what about other nicknames.  How does Richard become Dick?

as a Richard aka Dick myself, the origin of Dick isn't clear but it's thought to have started in the middle ages and comes from simple rhyming with Rick which clearly comes from Richard. another ryhme was Hick but that dropped out of favour.

Richard itself is thought to come from ‘Rikharthu’, meaning “hard ruler” (‘Rik-’ meaning ‘ruler’ and ‘-harthu’ meaning ‘hard’).   This was adopted into Old German as ‘Ricohard’, and from there to Old French, then Old English as ‘Richeard’, and today as ‘Richard’.

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