Pet form of Katherine, also frequently used as an independent given name, which has been extremely popular since the 1980s. It is often found in combination with other names such as Ann, Jane, Leigh, Louise, and Mae.
South German: 1. (Austria, Bavaria): topographic name for someone who lived by a well, putz (Latin puteus). 2. (Pütz; Rhineland): from pütz ‘well’ (see 1), or a habitational name from a place so named in Luxembourg. 3. (Austria): from a pet form of the personal name Burghard. 4. nickname from a byname for the devil. See also Butz.