Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
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