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Where did the English Kay family come from? What is the English Kay family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kay family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kay family history?The surname Kay is derived from the Breton and Old Welsh word "Cai," and the Cornish word "Key," both of which meant "wharf." This name became the Middle English given name Kay. Some instances of this surname are no doubt derived from the Old English "Coeg," which meant "key."
Spelling variations of this family name include: Kay, Kaye and others.
First found in the Pipe Rolls for Northumbria where Britius filius Kay is listed there in 1199. Cecilia de Kay was in the Pipe Rolls for Gloucestershire in that same year. Another early record in the Pipe Rolls is of John del Cay in 1207 in London. John del Cai was Sheriff of London in 1201 and may be the same person as the aforementioned Pipe Roll entry. The Hundred Rolls of 1273 list a Jordan Kay but the Yorkshire Poll Tax records of 1379 has the most entries of the time: Robertus Cay; Alanus Kay; Johanna Caa; and Willelmus Ka. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kay research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1246, 1372, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Kay History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Kay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Kay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 242 words(17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kay Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Kay Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Kay Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Kay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kay Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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