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Kate or Katie?

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flowerbum Sun 14-Dec-14 20:54:45

What sounds better? And no i dont like Kathryn!

chillytonight Sun 14-Dec-14 20:56:47

Kate for sure, the she can have Katie as a nn. Love the name Kate!

chillytonight Sun 14-Dec-14 20:57:31

^then : )

Alby16 Sun 14-Dec-14 20:58:32

I love both, I also love Kaitlyn which could also be shortened?! xx

lurkerspeaks Sun 14-Dec-14 20:59:13

What about Katy?

I actually think I would overcome your prejudice about Katharine (or Katherine).

BikeRunSki Sun 14-Dec-14 21:02:10

Kate sounds more formal for an adult and can use Katie/y as the childhood/affectionate form.

BikeRunSki Sun 14-Dec-14 21:02:47

The only Katie I know is actually Kathleen.

Darquesse Sun 14-Dec-14 21:04:11

I have a Katie that we shorten to Kate. Although she has told us off and we have to try to remember to use her full name.

Until I joined Mumsnet I didn't know Katie was short fir Katherine.

18yearstooold Sun 14-Dec-14 21:10:08

I have a Katy

She hates it, always hated the 'y' and now she's a teen says its a baby name

She now goes by Kay

zaracharlotte Sun 14-Dec-14 21:11:17

Kate by far. Gives you options.

Bowlersarm Sun 14-Dec-14 21:11:20

Kate. Much nicer.

FrancisdeSales Sun 14-Dec-14 21:28:18

Kate by a country mile.

BikeRunSki Mon 15-Dec-14 08:08:46

I've just remembered, I work with a Kate, who is actually a Katie. She doesn't like Katie as she feels it is a bit cutesy for an adult and doesn't her any credibility in a professional environment.

WhispersOfWickedness Mon 15-Dec-14 08:17:56

I am a Kate! It is a great name, I love it grin My family uses Katy as a nickname, this works really well smile

LadyCassandra Mon 15-Dec-14 08:19:44

My friend is a Kathryn who calls herself Katie, but is called Kate by nearly everyone. At least she has a choice!

Bobby1234 Mon 15-Dec-14 08:20:26

My sister is Katie and 30 always liked it as does she x

StetsonsAreCool Mon 15-Dec-14 08:21:32

I'm a Katy. I hated it as a child, because I couldn't imagine being a 30 year old called 'a kids name' (as I saw it). Well, it's done me alright so far, and I now prefer not to shorten it to Kate. My family called me Kate, but no one else is allowed. It doesn't suit me and it's not my name!

fgrin

Bobby1234 Mon 15-Dec-14 08:22:22

I don't think it's cutesy at all and like you wouldn't want Katherine. I don't understand the obsession with people calling names cutesy when Katie will be growing up with Poppy's and Daisy's x

ThinkIveBeenHacked Mon 15-Dec-14 08:25:11

Kate.

No need at all for a longer name that you dont like or never intend to use. Sarahs and Claires dont get any choice yet they are seen as proper names. So should Kate imo.

burgatroyd Mon 15-Dec-14 08:32:38

I once met a granny called Amy. She suited her 'baby' name and stood out amongst her mates Maud and Beryl.

flowerbum Mon 15-Dec-14 10:42:44

Thank you all for the interesting input. I don't see the point of having Katherine when I hate it and I love Kate or Katie. My son is called alex and people were trying to get me to out Alexander on his birth certificate despite the fact I would never use it as love the name alex! I like your point bobby1234 about cutesy names. Still undecided, I like both names.

bubalou Mon 15-Dec-14 12:53:31

I am a Kate. smile

I really like my name and always have.

I hate it when people call me Katie now I'm an adult or ask me 'is it short for katherine'?

No - Kate is an actual name!

My middle name is Louise so I got called Katie Lou when I was younger which I liked. smile

I think all options are nice but Katherine is too mature for a baby name I think.

flowerbum Mon 15-Dec-14 13:07:47

Thanks for the input bubalou, at what age did you stop being Katie and become Kate then? I want maria for a middle name after a special family member which is stirring me towards Katie as I think Katie maria sounds better than Kate maria. I think Kate is lovely to grow into though. I want a name that is both pretty and that a woman would like.

flowerbum Mon 15-Dec-14 13:15:14

Thanks for the input bubalou, at what age did you stop being Katie and become Kate then? I want maria for a middle name after a special family member which is stirring me towards Katie as I think Katie maria sounds better than Kate maria. I think Kate is lovely to grow into though. I want a name that is both pretty and that a woman would like.

Mumoftwoyoungkids Mon 15-Dec-14 13:30:20

Kate was always my "girls name". When I was pregnant dh said he liked Katie one time. We went for Katherine (IMO Katie is short for Katherine and Katy is short for Kathryn) as it makes it easier to change from one to the other. She's currently Katie (which really suits a 4 year old) but I wonder if she'll become Kate as a teenager (and Katherine as an adult).

All lovely names.

But if you dislike Katherine (I prefer Kate / Katie but didn't dislike it) then stick with Kate. Most people don't know that my Katie is really Katherine. And it is always a bit of a pain in the doctors when we sit blankly waiting to be called whilst the doctor goes "Katherine? Katherine?"

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