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Is Katherine / Kate going to get really popular now?

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GrumpyFish Tue 16-Nov-10 13:13:10

We had pretty much decided on either this or Alice for our baby due in April (if a girl, we're not finding out). I'm not looking for an unusual name, but would prefer to avoid top 10 / 3 in each class type names. Do you think that the impending Royal wedding is going to mean that Kate suddenly becomes very popular? I really struggle with girls names, these are the only 2 we can agree on (and want to have a choice one baby is here so we can see what suits, rather than having only 1).

LadyCressida Tue 16-Nov-10 13:20:47

I shouldn't think many people will make the link. And there are so many nicknames for Katherine that she can always pick a different one if there are others in the class.

But don't do it if you already have a william...

PS- DD is Alice, and I get lots of compliments about it. Everyone on here loves it but it's only no 50 this year so not mega popular. Already obsessing thinking about what I would call the next one and liking Kate!

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Tue 16-Nov-10 13:22:50

Look at it this way, there aren't a huge number of 20-something Dianas are there? grin

flopsy1974 Tue 16-Nov-10 13:24:21

I shouldn't worry too much about it. I doubt that it's going to be the next Olivia. Love both your name choices by the way.

GrumpyFish Tue 16-Nov-10 13:24:55

Oddly DS was nearly William but fortunately we went for something else! Godd point about Dianas.

Hulababy Tue 16-Nov-10 13:28:35

Well Katie is already pretty popular around here, and I know several people of varying ages called Kathryn/Catherine/Katherine/Kate/Katy and Katie as it is.

So can't see things changing much as it is. It is a bit of a timeless name IMO.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Tue 16-Nov-10 13:42:21

To add: I think it is a lovely classic name. It is DSis's name (she shortens it to Kate/Katie)

MissMashMissMash Tue 16-Nov-10 13:42:49

It is a classic and lovely name. If you want to make it a bit more unusual perhaps the Kathryn spelling. Also kitty might be a nice nickname esp when little. Alice is a lovely name too as is Alicia but not when pronounce Alesha IMO

MaryMungo Tue 16-Nov-10 13:48:29

While we're on the name, does anyone have feelings about using Kitty as a nickname for Catherine. I've always preferred the 'c' spelling, but really like Kitty. Don't know if it matters that the initials don't match....

MissMashMissMash Tue 16-Nov-10 14:00:45

I don't think it matters MaryMungo. Traditionally I think Kate or Katie have been used as nicknames for Catherine so I'm sure Kitty can be too.

Raahh Tue 16-Nov-10 17:09:55

never mind that- her sister is bloomin' called Philippa! (DD2's name, 7 weeks old tomorrow).grin

I have echoed TondelayoSchwarzkopf in the past on whether an event like this suddenly prompts a popularity in a name- there are very few Dianas around, which given her popularity you would think there would be. In the end it comes down to the fact the name itself just wasn't liked enough. Even after she died, there wasn't a sudden rush to name babies after her, or at her wedding.

Bit like the Florence debate, really, as Florence was already getting popular long before SamCam

Kate is a popular name anyway, it always has been. And there are loads of Kaitlyn/Caitlins as well. It is a classic name. Only thing i would say is most Catherines (with a c) that i have met shorten to Cathy, and Katherine/Kathryn with a K is Kate.

mathanxiety Tue 16-Nov-10 18:39:10

I hope it will spawn a few Kathleens -- lovely and underused imo.

seenitallbefore Tue 16-Nov-10 19:24:33

My twins are Kate and Alice. You have very good taste....

Mrsmackie Tue 16-Nov-10 19:28:37

Go with Alice I say! My 2yr old is an Alice and we get lots of compliments on her name. I think it's a really classic, timeless choice and you can't go wrong. Saying that, Kate is very pretty too and I don't necessarily think the Royal wedding is going to mean a huge surge in its popularity

MelinaM Tue 16-Nov-10 20:32:09

Personally I love both, Alice and Kate are both beautiful names! I'd ignore the whole 'Royal Wedding saga' ..I must say I'm sick of it already! x

NadiaWadia Wed 17-Nov-10 02:12:04

I know 2 Catherines that shorten to Kate or Katie.

One of Elizabeth Bennet's younger sisters in Pride and Prejudice is Kitty, but her real name is Catherine.

Initials don't have to match.

vickky Wed 17-Nov-10 04:13:16

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Stardown Wed 17-Nov-10 05:23:34

Alice Katherine is a HUGE front-runner for if we ever have a DD - Alice is my grandmother's name and my middle name, Katherine is Great-Grandmother's middle name, Aunt's middle name, Great-Aunt's middle name, and niece's middle name!

Stardown Wed 17-Nov-10 05:23:44

Oh and Catherine is MIL's name.

Highlandgirl Wed 17-Nov-10 10:11:41

If bump is a girl, her middle name will be Catherine after DH's mum. I agree it's a very unused name.

WowOoo Wed 17-Nov-10 10:16:10

Already are aren't they?

Both lovely names.

KittyFoyle Wed 17-Nov-10 15:15:38

Kate has been popular at least since Shakespeare's day. I wouldn't let the fact that other people like a name put you off. If that's an issue make one up.

LadyInPink Wed 17-Nov-10 16:09:09

My niece is Catherine but is always called Cate - think it looks more unusual spelt that way and no one mis spells her full name.

I know two Kathleens - one of which is a teenager. Think it is a pretty name and like someone else posted it's unusual.

TheFantasticFixit Wed 17-Nov-10 16:35:05

I'm a Katherine officially, Kate at work and Katie to friends and family. The beauty of Katherine is that you have so much choice with how to shorten it and it offers both an 'adult' or more formal nickname - Kate, and a 'baby', informal nickname - Katie.

Definitely recommend Katherine/ Kate or Katie. Never Katy though! wink

NoahAndTheWhale Wed 17-Nov-10 16:40:18

Kate Middleton is a Catherine I discovered.

I am Katherine and DD is Alice. We both have lovely names

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