Meaning and Origin of: Kay
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First name origins & meanings:
- Arabic : Beloved
- Hebrew : Crown of laurels
- American : Bright; beautiful
- Irish, Scottish, English : Slender; keeper of the keys
- Arabic : Laurel
- Aborigine : Boomerang
- Latin : Rejoice; variation of Gaius
- Welsh, German : Rejoicer; fort; joyful
First name variations
Last name origin & 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.