Kay Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English ca ‘jackdaw’, from an unattested Old Norse ká. See also Daw. English: nickname from Middle English cai, kay, kei ‘left-handed’, ‘clumsy’. English: metonymic occupational name for a locksmith, from Middle English keye, kaye ‘key’. Compare Care, Kear. English: topographic name for someone living on or near a quay, Middle English kay(e), Old French cay. English: from a Middle English personal name which figures in Arthurian legend. It is found in Old Welsh as Cai, Middle Welsh Kei, and is ultimately from the Latin personal name Gaius. Scottish and Irish: reduced form of McKay. French: variant of Quay, cognate with 2. Much shortened form of any of various names, mostly Eastern European, beginning with the letter K-. Variant of Danish and Frisian Kai.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Hay, May, Day, Ray, Bay, Fay, Gay, Pay, Say, Kan

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Kay Family Origin

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Kay Family Occupations

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  • Coal Miner

    4%
  • Farmer

    3%
  • Labourer

    2%
  • Cotton Weaver

    2%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Kay family was Cotton Weaver. The most common Kay occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 4% of Kay's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kay.

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Between 1941 and 2004, Kay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Kay in 1941 was 29, and 76 in 2004.

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