A 2-syllable name of Greek origin, it means one of purity; beloved. Ethnic backgrounds include English and Welsh.

Most people, including myself, think Katie is one of the most popular girl's name every known. In actuality, however, it was only the 95th most popular name in 1998. My explanation for this is that Katie is usually short for some longer version, such as Kathleen or Katherine.

Off the top of my head I can name at least seventeen Katies with whom I am acquainted. Please, if you are planning on having children or are in the process of naming one, spare her the pain of being 'just another Katie.' The Katie population is growing exponentially, leading to worldwide misery and confusion.

Stop the madness!

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