Kitty

July 28, 2014 § 2 Comments

ORIGIN:
A diminutive of “Catherine” / “Katherine“, from the Greek for “pure”.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Cadi, Cady, Cait, Caity, Cat, Cate, Catey, Cathie, Cathy, Catie, Cato, Caty, Catya, Kady, Kaia, Kaisa, Kaity, Kaja,  Kat, Kata, Kate, Katey, Kathi, Kathie, Kathy, Kati, Katie, Katja, Katka, Katri, Katy, Katya, Kay, Kaya, Kit, Kitti, Kittie, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
Kitty, one of the other shop girls at the Chicago shoe factory where Carrie first finds employment, in Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie (published in 1900; set 1889-1890s).
Kitty (Catherine) Bennet, the somewhat silly and spoiled fourth Bennet girl in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, written in 1797, published in 1813.
Kitty Carroll, a “chatterer” Maud and Dolly Lorton pay a visit to, in “The Youngest Miss Lorton”, from The Youngest Miss Lorton, and Other Stories by Nora Perry (1889).
Kitty Grant, a boisterous girl whose love of a joke sometimes outpaces the kindness of her heart, in “Esther Bodn”, from Nora Perry’s A Flock of Girls and Boys (1895).

WRITERS:
Kitty Wright, (1697-1750), pen name of English poet Mehetabel Wesley Wright, who was also known as “Hetty Wright”.

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