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International Kathy Day - August 9th

Updated on January 16, 2015

Ok... I Admit It! I Totally MADE UP "International Kathy Day!"

But, I figured that my name is worthy of an international holiday, and I chose my birthday to celebrate it. I think that we can't have enough birthdays, and we can't have enough reasons to celebrate something. So here goes!

My name - actually, it's Kathleen Mary - is not an extraordinary name. I mean, "Kathy." It's sometimes seems so...so... generic, I guess.

I can't even pretend my middle name is anything extraordinary either. Mary. Uh huh... Yup, there's an exciting combo!

Now, I'm not saying I want to be something as exciting as "Zowie Bowie" (aka son of David Bowie, who, as I understand it, now goes by his middle name?). Or "Dweezle Zappa."

But, why couldn't my parents like the name "Heather" or "Laurel" or "Brooke" or something a tad more willowy?

Really, there isn't a lot of exotic stuff you can do with the name "Kathy." No one even called me "Kit" or "Katie" (except for one of the bosses in the Antarctic who was fond of calling me "Katie.")

Well, as it turns out, I've gotten used to my name. Over the years, it has become "Kath" by people who know me well. Mostly, "Kathy." My dad calls me "Sweetie." :)

And John, my hubby, calls me "Hon."

So, I thought, "Let's take the name Kathy and announce its special nature by virtue of its imperturbability and give it a holiday!"

And so it is. By the power vested in me by virtue of my name, I hereby proclaim August 9th as "International Kathy Day."

This is dedicated to all the wonderful people named Kathy in this world! (Extra points if your middle name is Mary).

And, we'll include all versions - starting with a "C" as well!

How did I get the name "Kathleen?"

The evidence points to my Dad...

Evidently, my Dad was fond of the song, "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen," which is actually a very sad and pitiful old Irish song about a woman named Kathleen who is pining away after being taken from her home land.

When I was little, my dad used to sing it to me. Me, being newly introduced to certain musical terms, would cry and say, "Oh Daddy... don't sing that song... it's andante!" (and what I meant was to not sing it because it was too slow, and therefore sad.)

He would laugh, and the "it's andante" reply would follow our jokes until this very day. :)

Bing Crosby Singing "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen"

This is most likely the version my Dad was fond of. Either this, or from "The Quiet Man" movie (with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, 1952). But, I have to tell you - this is actually a pretty depressing song if you really listen to it.

I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen

Is your name Kathy or a variation of Kathy? - Or even a middle name?

Kathy's of the world unite! Let me know if you have a Kathy in your name somewhere...

Are you a Kathy, Kathleen, Kate, Catherine, Cathy, Kit, Katie, Kay, Kaye, Katya, or a variation thereof?

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I figured I would search for products made by the "Kathys" in the world.

I have determined that more people named Kathy need to make and sell stuff. We need to get our name out there.

The Definitive Collection
The Definitive Collection

I've always liked Kathy Mattea, and once saw her perform at Wolf Trap (someplace out near the Washington, D.C. area I think).

 

Do you KNOW anyone with the name Kathy? - ...or any of the name's variations?

Excluding yourself, that is... Let's see how many of you can help a Kathy celebrate "International Kathy Day!"

Do you, or have you ever, known anyone with any variation of the name Kathy in her name?

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All Things "Kathy"

So many reasons to celebrate this name!

Reason 1: The name Kathleen, according to Wiki.Answers, means "pure." Well... I guess I hardly need to search any further! :) (source: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_the_name_Kathleen_mean)

Reason 2: There are many, many famous people named Kathy, Cathy, Katherine, Kathleen, Catherine, or the like. Seriously. There are. I just need to find them, and then I'll add them here. Promise. (Found a few... Prince William's lovely wife, Kate; Kathy Bates, Kathy Griffin, and a great triathlete up in Canada with the same name as me, Kathleen Tremblay)

Reason 3: Uh... there are more reasons out there. I'll find 'em. You just watch!

Remember the Famous Comic Strip "Cathy?"

I'd Scream Except I Look So Fabulous: A Cathy Collection
I'd Scream Except I Look So Fabulous: A Cathy Collection

Who can forget our favorite "Cathy" from the comic pages? Created by another wonderful Cathy (Cathy Guisewite), our heroine lives on in book form, and is as lovable as ever.

 

Yes... My parents gave me a "Chatty Cathy" doll...

To this day, when I hear this "voice" I can place it instantly. "Let's play house!" or one of the other pithy little sayings of the day...

Chatty Cathy on eBay?

Sometimes I see vintage (oh, that hurts... MY toys are now "vintage?") Chatty Cathy dolls on eBay!

My First Father In Law Found Songs about "Kathy"

My first husband's dad was a radio engineer in New York City for many years, and loved music. He was forever thinking up wonderful things for us to hear and do. He once took me and Paul to WNEW FM in NY (where he worked) and introduced us to the well-known DJs of that day...

One day, he gave me a cassette tape of a bunch of songs he recorded - just for me. He was a sweet and wonderful man! Here are some of the surprises he found for me and put on that tape...

See next YouTube videos...

What about Duchess Kate (Duchess of Cambridge)

Who doesn't love Katherine (Kate), Prince William's lovely wife? She really is gorgeous! If she doesn't lend elegance to the name, no one does!

Songs about Kathy and its Variations

Perry Como sings "Katarina"

I also added:

"K-K-K-Katy" (not sure who wrote it - it's from 1918 I think)

One of my Absolute Favorite songs featuring my name...

"Kathy's Song" which was written by Paul Simon, and featured on Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" album, is probably one of my favorite songs. And not just 'cuz it has my name in it. I just love it...

I've also included a gorgeous version by the (sadly, late) Eva Cassidy...

Josh Ritter sings "Kathleen"

I had never heard of Josh Ritter before, but he makes the name sound pretty nice! :)

"Kathleen" starring Shirley Temple - This was, evidently, one of her first "grown up" movies

Quick interesting factoid: Shirley Temple was born 5 days before my dad. :) She was born 4/23/28, and my dad was born 4/29/28.

Anyway, I digress.

So, in my efforts to find "Kathleen" related stuff, I came across this movie from 1941 called "Kathleen" that starred Shirley Temple in the title role.

Turns out that a young 12-year old girl (named Kathleen of course) lives in a wealthy household w/ her dad (who works all the time). She has no mom, and only maids, a butler and nanny. As you can imagine, she wants a "real" family. She makes up stories about her "dream" family and tells people about this as though it's real.

Naturally, she can't have any people visit since they'll discover that she's been telling stories.

Anyway, Kathleen and her nanny don't have a great relationship; however, her dad brings in "Dr. Angela Martha Kent," a psychologist to be her governess for the summer. Kathleen loves Dr. Kent (and wants her dad to marry her) BUT...her dad is already engaged to someone else (whom Kathleen DOESN'T love). Well... I haven't yet seen the movie, but I can see where it goes.

RIP Shirley Temple...

:)

Couldn't find the movie... - But did find a poster!

Believe it or not, this is the first time ever that I have been unable to find something on Amazon. The only thing I could find about the movie "Kathleen" was this lobby card! Well, the movie was not a box office success in its day, so there ya have it...

Hopefully others will find some great "Kathy" related stuff to add here! Please let me know you stopped by - and if your name is Kathy, Cathy, Kate, Kathleen, Katherine, Catherine, or any of the many versions of the name, Happy International Kathy Day to you! :)

Well, that's about all I've got!

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      My best friend is Kathy - I will totally support this day! I might start the National Rose Day - but people might think I am talking about the flower instead of me. :)

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I totally agree you and your name deserve a day of its own. Fun lens. I hope you have a proper celebration lined up for this year, a parade perhaps?

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      June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I may have cheated when I voted in the Poll and said I know someone with a variation of Kathy in her name. Actually, my friend was Cathy with a C. I hope I did not muddy the waters of International Kathy Day by voting thusly. LOL

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      WoW! I just remembered today is Aug 9th as well as "International Kathy Day & Birthday"! I hope you have an awesome Birthday that is out of this World. Wishing you the best, Kathy, and may you enjoy many more Birthdays to come! (((Kathy))) "Happy Birthday"!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @Dusty2 LM: Love the commonalities Dusty! I can still hear my mom humming a little ditty from "The Quiet Man." Thanks so much!

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      What a really fun lens KathyT. I can add a couple more commonalities to this lens if you don't mind. I'm all for making Aug 9th an International Holiday because Aug 9th is also my parents birthday as well. Mother's name is not Kathleen; instead it is "Mary". Mother's favorite movie; "The Quiet Man". As far as names go; What's in a name? I think at one point in time we are not all happy with our names but we are stuck with it and have to make the best of it. Plus there must've been a good reason for our parents giving us our names. To date, I haven't found out what but... Anyway, I found the commonality very interesting and thought you'd enjoy them. Thank You for stopping by my Vegan Brownies To Die For lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it. Enjoy the brownies & Bon Appetit!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @loveanime22: Thank you! :)

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      loveanime22 4 years ago

      great name happy kathy day

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @kislanyk: Thank you so much! :) I appreciate this!

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      Marika 4 years ago from Cyprus

      Your namesake, that is so cute! Great lens btw.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @chezchazz: Good idea Chazz! :)

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila Philippines

      I've always liked the name Catherine or Katherine. I think it sounds so regal ^_^

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      This is a fun and creative lens! I've sent it to the Cathy in my life...She never fails to remind me about what a great name it is -- a la Catherine the Great, so maybe you'll want to add some info about that late great Kate.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @iamraincrystal: My grandmother was Catherine - you're right, that DOES sound regal!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Hi Virginia! I love the names you gave your paper dolls! Awesome! I do like "Clarisse..."

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Are any of us ever totally satisfied with our name? I gave all my paper dolls quite exotic names like Clarisse or Chantay. Nothing ordinary like Karen or Susan or Virginia like we had.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @MJ Martin: Thank you! :)

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

      You got a lot! More Kathy stuff than I knew about. Way cool lens, Love it!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @wedpittsburgh lm: Absolutely! You have my vote! After all, if I can make up a Kathy Day, all things are possible! :) Thanks so much! :)

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      wedpittsburgh lm 5 years ago

      Hilarious! Love this lens. Maybe I should proclaim a "Christa" day. I think there are less of us around, but still very important (in my own opinion that is!)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Yeah! :) Thanks so much! I sometimes cry on August 9th, out of sheer gratitude of having been born to experience this incredible life. I have a feeling I'll cry next week too... Can't seem to help it!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Love the spirit of this lens, lensmaster, and the new day to celebrate all that is fabulous about being Kathy. Might need to have more than one day to truly honor all that is spectacular about Kathiness.

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      YogaAngel 5 years ago

      I heart International Made Up Holidays! LOL

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @PNWtravels: Thanks Vicki! :) I appreciate the vote! Hugs to you!

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      What a fun lens. Since I'm a baby boomer and "Kathy" was such a popular name for girls born in the 50s and 60s, I've known a lot of Kathys - I think think there should be "Kathy Day"!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Loved your lens, a great idea, why not have an international Kathy day.

      My sister middle name is Catherine, so happy August 9th. Blessed.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @JoshK47: Josh is an awesome name too! There should be an International Josh Day! :)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Well this sounds like a pretty awesome holiday, despite my name not being Kathy or any variation on! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Redneck Lady Luck: Thanks! :) Maybe it will catch on! There should be an International (any name) day to honor ALL of us! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @JohnTannahill: Great info John! I guess I'm a little behind the times since I never heard Britney, Kylie or Katy... LOL! :) (I've heard OF Britney... but never have seen anything about her other than her photo on tabloids in the checkout stands).

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Ha you tricked me. I really thought there was an International Kathy day. I love that you found so very many tributes to the name Kathy.

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Kathy Dennis wrote a few songs -"I Can't Get You Out of My Head" for Kylie, "Toxic" for Britney, "I Kissed a Girl" for Katy. Kathy Dennis grew up in Taverham outside Norwich - a few miles from my house.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @CruiseReady: Oh yes! And such a lovely lass as well... :)

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Hmmm... didn't we all just watch a really big shindig in which someone named Catherine got hitched to someone named William?

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @JohnTannahill: You're awesome John! :) I have not heard of Kathy Kirby, Kathy Smallwood-Cook or Katherine Jenkins. I'll have to look up Catherine Tate, because I love British humor! Thanks so much! :)

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Kathy Kirby, Kathy Smallwood-Cook (British sprinter,) Catherine Cookson (author,) Kathy Hilton (Paris' mother,) Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Tate (very funny British actress,) Katherine Jenkins (singer.) Hope that helps.