Cath, Catherine, Cathy

(63 Posts)
Caff2 Sun 13-Oct-13 23:24:17

Which would you prefer? Light hearted, I've been living with all three for years!

Weegiemum Mon 14-Oct-13 08:14:25

My dd1 is Katherine. She was full name until about 9, when (between herself and her friends) she became Kathy. She's 13, and really doesn't want Kath or Kate, or, even worse - Katie!

Mumoftwoyoungkids Mon 14-Oct-13 08:18:51

My dd is Katherine but she has been Katie since the day she was born.

Kate had always been my girls name and Paul said that he liked Katie once when I was pregnant so I went with it!

Shakirasma Mon 14-Oct-13 08:20:47

I'm Kathryn, full version only please. I hate my name being shortened.

ANormalOne Mon 14-Oct-13 08:25:15

I'm a Katharine. I prefer my full name, a few friends call me Kitty. Can't stand Kath or Kathy.

CiderBomb Mon 14-Oct-13 08:32:01

All the Katherine/Catherine's I know of shorten it to Kat/Cat.

KarinMurphy Mon 14-Oct-13 08:35:14

I'm another Kathleen but usually go by Kathy or Kath. My boss always calls me Katie.

Actually, thinking about it, my Mum is the only person who actually calls me Kathleen.

Squitten Mon 14-Oct-13 08:53:25

If DC3 is indeed the girl that the scan suggests, we plan to name her Katherine and call her Kitty while she's little. I figure when she's a teenager she can call herself Kit or Kat or something!

I will actually be actively trying to avoid Kathy and Katie!

MurderOfBanshees Mon 14-Oct-13 09:22:28

Catherine/Kathryn, both Kath and Kathy make me cringe, most people just call me Kat.

lemontwist Mon 14-Oct-13 09:26:56

I'm Cath to most people. Cathy to my mum, Catherine at work (everywhere I've worked there's already been a Cath). I'm Cat to a couple of people and even Katie once or twice hmm. I love my name and how its used differently by different people.

Nancy66 Mon 14-Oct-13 09:27:17

I prefer Cathy.

Cath sounds like some washer woman.

Don't like Kat either.

mrsjay Mon 14-Oct-13 09:33:44

what do you prefer ? i have a long name i like my long name I have never shortened it but i find myself shortening it for other people hmm I like catherine and if you told me that was your name I would call you that ,

basgetti Mon 14-Oct-13 09:35:13

I'm Catherine. I hate having my name shortened, except by my sister who is allowed to call me Cat!

Minty82 Mon 14-Oct-13 09:42:55

That's funny Nancy - to me a Cathy is definitely over-60ish, whereas a Cath is quite young, but then I have a good friend who's always been Cath so it's a young person's name to me. 10% of my school year (all girls school, and I'm 30 now) were called K/Catherine, Kate or Katie - no Cathys or Cats though!

Coupon Mon 14-Oct-13 09:50:40

Catherine, nickname Cath.

I hate being called Cathy. Cath is ok and what I'm usually known by, but I much prefer Catherine.

The only people who use my proper name are old school friends.

LadyRochford Mon 14-Oct-13 10:14:08

I like Cathy. Cath sounds a bit harsh when used as an every day name, although nice as an occasional affectionate shortening of Cathy.

fledtoscotland Mon 14-Oct-13 10:31:56

I'm Kath & have been for 20+yrs. Kathy and Kate make me mad. Prefer Kathryn over Kathy or Kate

KitCat26 Mon 14-Oct-13 11:58:49

I love the versatility of my name, so I don't mind any version.

Friends call me Cathy, DH calls me Catherine/Kitty/Kits and parents and family call me Catherine. Only my dad ever calls me Cath. Great gm used to call me Kate too.

I'm from Essex so sometimes the 'th' is replaced by an 'f' by my friends. I answer to it all. :-)

FruitbatAuntie Mon 14-Oct-13 12:08:35

'Katherine, very occasionally Kat to close friends. Kath or Kathy are unacceptable'

Same here! I was also Katie to my mum when I was little, and was a Kate to my friends as a teenager, so I go by Katherine, Katie (mum and friends from primary school), Kate (secondary school friends), and Kat (friends from age 20 onwards). Never ever Kath or Kathy though. ever. Only new colleagues who I haven't yet advised how much I hate it. Apologies to any Kath/Kathys - I don't dislike the name per se, it just isn't ME at all!

SaggyIsHavingAPinkKitten Mon 14-Oct-13 12:34:32

DD is a Catherine. She has always been Catey or Cate. Im a Catherine and would love Cat, sadly I am called by my middle name it is horrible.
DGM was a Catherine, she got called Irene.
DGGA Was a Catherine, she was a Cathy.
Personally I love the hard 'T' names rather than the 'th' options but then I also come from Essex so its always 'ff' for 'th' round here. sad

BackforGood Mon 14-Oct-13 14:41:08

shock at Minty.
When I was at school, there were LOADS of Cathys.... and I've not even hit 50 yet, let alone 60 !

trinitybleu Mon 14-Oct-13 16:22:11

I'm a Catherine but only ever called Katy (which I changed to Katie aged 11)

I have a friend called Cath and it never clicks that she's really a Catherine. To me it's a whole new name.

BlingBang Mon 14-Oct-13 16:24:23

Cathy

Lovecat Mon 14-Oct-13 16:28:37

Catherine and David were the Chloe and Jack of the mid-late Sixties.

Everybody I know has an elder brother called David, and at least twelve of us in our year that I know were called Catherine.

I've just remembered, some creepy bloke where I had my first job decided he was going to call me Cate, because it was ' so me' - no it f-ing wasn't and his presumption has put me off what is a fairly acceptable shortening of it ever since.

geminigirl Mon 14-Oct-13 16:34:56

Cat, Kitty or Kate.

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