Most associate this moniker with the quirky comic strip character. But if you recall your Kate Bush lyrics, Cathy is the lovelorn heroine of Emily Bronte's gothic romance Wuthering Heights, where high upon the moors she pined for her Heathcliff. Despite a midcentury peak in popularity, the name is no longer common, which ought to intrigue classicists and lovers of literature to choose Cathy for her rarity and allure.
How popular is Cathy? Here's how many babies were named Cathy over time, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration.
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