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Kay Family History

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

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Name Distribution of Kay Families

  • Number of Kay families
     123 - 244
     42 - 122
     1 - 41
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Kay families
     3,510 - 7,018
     1,171 - 3,509
     1 - 1,170
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Kay families
     395 - 788
     132 - 394
     1 - 131
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Kay Family Origin

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Kay Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Kay

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Kay Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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