Last name origins & meanings:
- English: nickname from the animal, Middle English catte
‘cat’. The word is found in similar forms in most European languages
from very early times (e.g. Gaelic cath, Slavic
kotu). Domestic cats were unknown in Europe in classical times,
when weasels fulfilled many of their functions, for example in hunting
rodents. They seem to have come from Egypt, where they were regarded
as sacred animals.
- English: from a medieval female personal name,
a short form of Catherine.
- Variant spelling of
German and Dutch Katt.
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