Kate often adopted as one of the shortenings of Catherine but has become increasingly popular on its own


Kate is a name that’s ancient, well Shakespearian at least, and modern and cuts across the class divide


Kate Adie, brave reporter around the world, Kate Bush, still brilliant many years after Wuthering Heights, Kate Middleton, ok, she’s Catherine but still a Kate, Kate Moss, supermodel with a mind of her own, Kate Mosse, author who made her name in the Labyrinth, Katie Price, a one woman phenomenon, Kate Swann took over at WH Smith and got it out of trouble, Kate Tempest poet, rapper and all round big talent, Kate Winslet, probably the finest female actor of her generation

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