Is this is an accepted spelling!

(22 Posts)
penguinfooted Mon 26-Nov-12 23:00:03

Cate/ Catie I like the name but prefer it by miles spelt with C rather than a K. Or is it one of those made up spellings that some MNers seem to dislike so much?!

Well there's Cate Blanchett. To me it looks weird, sorry.

Snowflakepie Mon 26-Nov-12 23:01:07

You will be forever correcting people, but if that doesn't bother you then I think it's fine. The head of my dept at uni was Cate.

BOFingTheDude Mon 26-Nov-12 23:01:23

Cate is ok, isn't it? Cate Blanchard etc. I've never seen Catie though.

youonlysingwhenyourewinning Mon 26-Nov-12 23:03:44

I think it's Scottish? I could be wrong though ...

I like Cate. I don't like Catie, but Caity is a recognised shortening for Caitlin.

SomersetONeil Mon 26-Nov-12 23:04:44

I don't like Catie, but then I don't like Katie. It's too little girly for my tastes.

I think Cate is beautiful though - and absolutely an accepted spelling. I also really prefer Catherine to Katherine - C just somehow seems much more elegant and polished; no mean feat considering it's just a letter of the alphabet. wink

SamSmalaidh Mon 26-Nov-12 23:05:56

I've seen a few Cate short for Catherines.

Never seen a Catie or Caity though.

Crikeyblimey Mon 26-Nov-12 23:07:55

Is it not Cait?

cate16 Mon 26-Nov-12 23:09:30

Well I like the name cate smile

penguinfooted Mon 26-Nov-12 23:11:55

Cate16 - is that your real name? Do you have to tell people 'its Cate with a C' all the time?

StepfordWannabe Mon 26-Nov-12 23:12:21

Cait (in Ireland anyway) is pronounce C-Aw-tch - awful isn't it?

sashh Tue 27-Nov-12 05:27:08

Please, please don't.

She will go through life explaining the spelling.
She will never be able to have anything personalised unless it is made for her.
She will always recieve at least one birthday card with 'K' spelling.

<hated the unusual spelling of my name so much I changed it to the normal one>

CheerfulYank Tue 27-Nov-12 05:38:22

I think it's odd when people shorten Catherine to Kate...surely it's Cate? If I wanted to call a girl Kate I'd name her Katherine, but that's just me. smile

weegiemum Tue 27-Nov-12 05:48:37

The most 'elegant' girl I know is Katherine-with-a-K. She has chosen to be called Kathy. the fact that shes my dd1 has no bearing on this opinion of course it doesnt

I know a Cate, and a Cathy. Never seen Caitie though. Suppose it could also be a short form of Caitlin. I've also come across several Catherines known as Kate or Katy.

nooka Tue 27-Nov-12 05:48:41

Looks weird to me too, especially Catie. Possibly OK as a shortening for Catherine, but definitely not as a name in it's own right.

If you like the spellings go for it. My parents gave me an odd spelling (which is more common now but weird over 30 years ago). People do still spell it wrong. You get over it. It only irritates me when my own family spell it wrong. I mean seriously, we're related, how hard is it to spell my name right? But I digress...

It's so much more common to have non traditional spellings now that dh and dcs often get their names spelt wrong and theirs are standard spellings.

Personally I think Catie is far better than Caytee.

MrsBungleBear Tue 27-Nov-12 07:10:02

Someone I work with is cate. Short for Catherine. I don't know why you'd be Kate if your name was Catherine.

One of my friends is cate (Catherine too). Sometimes ages called cat.

I know one Kate which.is short for Katherine.

I think.cate is a perfectly acceptable spelling.

MrsBungleBear Tue 27-Nov-12 07:10:52

Sometimes gets called cat. Not ages.

MolotovCocktail Tue 27-Nov-12 08:52:51

Cate is fine - I prefer Kate, but that's really only because it was my Great Grandmother's name with the 'K' spelling.

Sorry, but Catie looks odd. Best stick with Katie/Katy, IMHO.

TheWave Tue 27-Nov-12 14:15:13

Not keen on either C version. Cate always looks like cafe to me. Sorry.

Mu1berries Tue 27-Nov-12 14:37:31

Well Cait would be the gaelic wouldn't it': so that is not made up.

Mu1berries Tue 27-Nov-12 14:38:23

True msbunglebear, if your name is Catherine then Cate makes more sense than Kate.

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