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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In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Kay. 37% of Kay men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Kay women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kay were Machinist and Sister Of Our Lady

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Nurse
  • Sister Of Our Lady

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Kay Life Expectancy

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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, 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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