If you have or know a Catherine ...

(72 Posts)
penguinfooted Mon 26-Nov-12 21:31:52

what do you call her day to day? I love the full name and the nn Cassie but don't like Cathy and would be keen to avoid that as a nn.

kdiddy Mon 26-Nov-12 21:32:47

The ones I know are called Kath, Cathy, Kate and Cat.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 26-Nov-12 21:35:07

Same as kdiddy. For Cassie you need to start with something like Cassandra.

SingingSands Mon 26-Nov-12 21:35:09

My MIL is Catherine and only Catherine. Sometimes DFIL gets a bit tipsy at New Year and calls her "Cathy". That doesn't go down well. grin Sorry, I digress...

If I had a Catherine I would probably call her Catherine, as it's such a lovely name and little heard of nowadays. Maybe Cate or Kate/Katie? I love your nn of Cassie, but is that not short for Cassandra?

Trizelda Mon 26-Nov-12 21:36:12

Ours is Kitty!

wigglesrock Mon 26-Nov-12 21:36:41

I know quite a few Catherines and they are all Catherines ranging from a 5 - 30 year old. One of my closest friends is a Catherine and always has been except for a few months when she was 15 when she just had to be known as Cat grin I know Katies but they've all been called Katie from birth.

Theas18 Mon 26-Nov-12 21:36:43

Know a Kate and a cat

StellaNova Mon 26-Nov-12 21:36:57

I know a Catherine (or possibly Katherine) who is a toddler, she is always Catherine.

If I had a Katharine I would call her Kate or Kitty, or Katharine in full. I love the name.

omghelpmeplease Mon 26-Nov-12 21:39:43

i have one she is a Katy to us and a Kate to others.

choccyp1g Mon 26-Nov-12 21:40:58

For all the Catherine's around, I noticed in yesterday's newspaper that today is St. Catherine's Day. In some countries your saint's day counts as an extra birthday, so enjoy!

Also for all people named Katie, Katerina, Kathryn, Katherine, Catharine, etc. etc. as they are all the same name really.

Skivvytomany Mon 26-Nov-12 21:40:58

The ones I know were Katies when they were young and changed to Catherine as they got older ( in 30 s now) the older (50s and 60s) are a mixture of Cathy and Catherine.

Chicksy Mon 26-Nov-12 21:41:03

I know a Catherine and she gets Cassie

sassytheFIRST Mon 26-Nov-12 21:41:35

My Catherine is known as Cassie to all and sundry. It's ace.

sassytheFIRST Mon 26-Nov-12 21:44:17

We didn't like Cassandra (shades of Rodney - Cass-arn-dra - plus the whole prophetess of doom thang in Greek mythology). Cassie for Catherine works.

So there, nay Sayers.

VodIsGod Mon 26-Nov-12 21:44:21

I know a 7 yo Catherine and my DSis is a 41yo Katherine. Both are always Catherine/Katherine. My DSis is called Kath by friends but not family.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Mon 26-Nov-12 21:47:22

We had about seven Catherines/Katherines/Kathryns in our year at school. We called them all Cath/Kath.

My SIL's name is Kathryn and gets called Katy.

chipmonkey Mon 26-Nov-12 21:50:46

I know one in her 60's. She's Cathy.

Cassie is not short for Catherine.

The Catherines/Kathryns I know are Cath, Kate, Katy or Kathryn.

Pumpster Mon 26-Nov-12 22:02:56

I'm Catherine and have always been Catherine grin

Pumpster Mon 26-Nov-12 22:03:40

Ps I love my name smile

NomNomDePlumPudding Mon 26-Nov-12 22:05:43

i have a catherine, nearly 4, no nn yet. other catherines in my family - catherine, kate, kay.

SageMist Mon 26-Nov-12 22:07:40

I'm a Catherine and I've called myself Kate since I was 15, it's been some 35ish years since and I haven't regretted my decision yet. grin

I have a (just) Cassie named after my great aunt who was Catherine. Her family called her Cassie.

Great name. Great nn smile

blondieminx Mon 26-Nov-12 22:08:15

I know one and she's on MN smile she's a Cat, usually.

Welovecouscous Mon 26-Nov-12 22:09:56

Kitty, Cathy, Katy

SurreyWithAFringeOnTop Mon 26-Nov-12 22:20:34

I know a Cath and a Cat.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Mon 26-Nov-12 22:23:26

Have a Katherine who is Kate. If I wanted cassie, I would go with Cassandra.

Kath, Kate and Katy are the ones I know. I like Kitty

SpectresandSpooks Mon 26-Nov-12 22:33:04

Caterina (someone I know gets called this by colleagues when she's a Catherine)

And there's all the foreign diminutives.

Rhubarbgarden Tue 27-Nov-12 20:30:13

I know a Cath, a Kate and a Katharine.

Graceparkhill Tue 27-Nov-12 20:32:37

Kat and Kate

phlebas Tue 27-Nov-12 21:03:51

I know a 'Catie' & a 'Cath' (children) & two adult 'Cathy's

CremeEggThief Tue 27-Nov-12 21:10:03


It 's fair to say I've known many Catherines!

Beamur Tue 27-Nov-12 21:12:46

I know a little girl - Katie, although sometimes her Mum uses her full name and it sounds really clunky in comparison.
A friend my age - Kate
A slightly older colleague - Kath

Allalonenow Tue 27-Nov-12 21:14:14

I know a Catherine, she is known as Cat, which suits her, though I do not like it.
I don't think Cassie is nn for Catherine, though I have heard it used as a nn for Karen, via Kas > Cassie.

DoISay Tue 27-Nov-12 21:14:41


ISeeSmallPeople Tue 27-Nov-12 21:15:13

Or sausage.

WeaselSoup Tue 27-Nov-12 21:17:41

My best friend (age 28) is Catherine and she has always been known as Cayth, which is a lovely and rather unusual shortening.

WeaselSoup Tue 27-Nov-12 21:19:54

Sorry should have said, it's pronounced Cayth to rhyme with faith.

Cassie is absolutely a nn for Catherine Allalonenow.

Quite a common one in Ireland where I'm.from.

Makes more sense than Karen that's for sure.

buttercrumble Tue 27-Nov-12 21:20:03

Im a Catherine, couldn't stand the name as a child but love it now. Dh calls me Catherine work mates call me Cath. Dont mind either, are both nice

JuliaFlyte Tue 27-Nov-12 21:23:23

I know a Catherine, known as Cassie

Crikeyblimey Tue 27-Nov-12 21:54:15

I al a Catherine - I love it! I have been Cath but prefer Catherine now. Always hated Cathy. Mum used to call me Katy occasionally but in my mind it was spelt with a C.

My niece is Katy and people often used to try and call her Katherine (the lady at the library was very rude to her when she was little and filling out a form for a library ticket "you must out your full name dear". Katy explained that it was her full name.

Crikeyblimey Tue 27-Nov-12 21:54:48

Arse. I AM not al!

Waswondering Tue 27-Nov-12 21:57:30

I know a Kathryn who is known as Kathryn (she's 17)

I know a Catherine who is known as Catherine (she's 3).


lemontwist Tue 27-Nov-12 22:05:28

I'm a Catherine and I love how it has so many variations. Different people/groups know me as different things. I'm Cathy to family, Cath to most of my friends, Cat to a couple of close mates and Katie to an old friend of the family. My best mate called her DD Catherine smile and she is almost always Katie.

PrannyHamster Tue 27-Nov-12 22:09:06

I know two Kathryns and a Katharine (50s and 20s) who are always called by their full name. The other Catherine/Katherines I've encountered (teens and 20s) are mostly Katies.

BrittaPerry Tue 27-Nov-12 22:09:10

Cat and Kait

Cat doesn't like cats. Must be annoying, because I bet loads of people get her cat based presents...

CBuzz Tue 27-Nov-12 22:13:59

I'm a Catherine. No middle name. Just Catherine. Never been shortened either. I love the name, always have. Only thing that really annoys me is every time I give my name over the phone, people always ask if it's with a "c" or a "k", then proceed to ask me to spell it, and always tell me about all the Catherines they know spelling it differently to me!!!

Allalonenow Tue 27-Nov-12 22:34:24

All views, experience, knowledge and opinions are absolutelyof equal value on this board, mine no more nor less than yours, wherever one is from.

FergusSingsTheBlues Wed 28-Nov-12 06:56:34

In west scotland, catherine is commonly pronounced as "cath-reen" and shortened to Rena especially f you are an ould biddy.

FamiliesShareGerms Wed 28-Nov-12 07:04:13


CremeEggThief Wed 28-Nov-12 09:01:50

My history teacher at school in Ireland was actually Rena, short for Catherine.

Riddo Wed 28-Nov-12 09:05:14

Kate, Katy, Katie

EmpressOfTheMadBoxOfFrogs Wed 28-Nov-12 09:12:02

I know a Catie.

MarthasHarbour Wed 28-Nov-12 09:13:59

I know a Catherine who is Cath to her friends and Kate to her family.

I know another who is Kat to her friends but i have always known her as Katie and still call her that.

This isnt a helpful contribution but i absolutely love Cathy, but am a bit of a hippie!

There is no reason why you cannot call her Cassie, it is up to you how you nickname your child. smile

spottywelly Wed 28-Nov-12 10:25:22

I am a Katherine, and am just Katherine to most, Kitty to friends and Kas (pron. Kash) to family. I don't like Kath or Kathy either.

I vote you shorten it to whatever you want! smile

seeker Wed 28-Nov-12 10:31:08

I know a Cathy, but she's in her 60s.

I have two nieces- one of whom is usually Cat, the other Catherine all the time. I am Kate- I wish I had known it could be spelled Cait when I decided at about 18 to refuse to answer to anything else.

And I know a little Cattie. But she's starting to insist on Cat, so we'll be saying goodbye to Cattie soonsad

seeker Wed 28-Nov-12 10:32:38

"There is no reason why you cannot call her Cassie, it is up to you how you nickname your child. "

It isn't, you know! That way madness lies!

MincePiesTasteBetterHot Wed 28-Nov-12 10:33:45

A nickname can be whatever you want - it doesn't have to relate to the actual name.

Catherines I know are known as Cat, Cath, Kathy, Katy, Katya, Kasia (pronounced Kasha) Taffy, Kitty and Kit (think that last one is shortened from Kit Kat.) Also know one whose family call her Jojo, don't know where that comes from!

HokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Wed 28-Nov-12 10:35:31

I know a six year old Catherine, who is always Catherine it is never shortened.

I know an eighty two year old Catherine, she is Cathy as she prefers it.

I'm a Katherine. Have been known by various versions at different times in my life. Was a Katie or Kate as a young child. Moved school's aged 8 and decided that I wanted to be known as Kathy (my mum had no idea and it caused lots of confusion at parents' evening). Kathy stuck through high school and university although I'd gone off the name by then. Anyone I've met since I was about 21 has known me as Katherine unless I've met them through an old schoolmate who lives in the same city as me (not our hometown).

To be honest I answer to pretty much anything although I did get pissed off when one of DH's friends started calling me Kat.

MummyPigsFatTummy Wed 28-Nov-12 10:38:18

We have a Catherine. She is only a toddler now but so far is always Catherine. I think we will leave it up to her what she would like to be called when she gets older. Personally, I am not keen on Cath or Cathy but like Katie, Kate or Cat. But it will be up to her (and her schoolfriends probably). However, unless she feels strongly about it, we will probably stick to Catherine.

kate2boysandabump Wed 28-Nov-12 10:52:55

I'm Katherine, known as Kate, previously known as katie. I changed when I went to university. My mom calls me Katherine when i'm in trouble. I love my name.

RuckAndRoll Wed 28-Nov-12 15:42:49

I'm a Catherine too. What I go by tends to depends on who's asking. Parents tend to flit between both.

Catherine to grandparents, in-laws, most at work and those at church who can't bare to call me Cat as it's 'not a proper name'

Cat to everyone else!

AppleOgies Wed 28-Nov-12 15:48:20

I know to a Catherine (known as Cathy), a Catherine (known as Kate), a Kathryn (known as Kathryn) and a Cathrin (known as Cathrin).

Bessie123 Wed 28-Nov-12 15:48:51

One Catherine who is 'Kitty' and one who is 'that complete bitch' (she is an adult, obv) grin

Benaberry Wed 28-Nov-12 15:50:34

I know a Katy, Katie, Kate, Kitty and Kat

Also a Catherine who is most definitely a Catherine, no shortening allowed

Frontpaw Wed 28-Nov-12 15:51:33

I know a Cat, Kit, Katie, Kate, Kati...

mrstowers Wed 28-Nov-12 17:12:15

I know four - one is Katie, one is Cat and two are Catherine.

FayeKorgasm Wed 28-Nov-12 17:17:21

I'm Catherine and have always been called Catherine. No nn.

weegiemum Wed 28-Nov-12 18:09:01

I have a Katherine. We chose it for the choices we/she could use (she's now 12).

I was really keen to avoid Katie, it's just too cutesy. She's chosen Kathy, and it really suits her.

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