Kaye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Kaye surname is thought to have emerged from several different sources. In Northern England and Scotland, it comes from the Old Norse "ká," which meant "jackdaw." It also came from the Breton and Old Welsh word "Cai," and the Cornish word "Key," both of which meant "wharf." And, in some instances, this surname is no doubt derived from the Old English "Coeg," which meant "key."

Early Origins of the Kaye family

The surname Kaye was first found in Yorkshire, but the surname was also found in Lincolnshire, and Cambridgeshire as far back as the 13th century. One of the first records in Scotland was the Kae family of Croslats who were and "old family" of West Lothian. The Keay spelling was quite popular in Perthshire. Philip Qua was listed in Aberdeen in 1317 and Donald Ka was listed there too in 1399. Thomas Kaa was on an inquest taken at Berwick-on-Tweed in 1370. Patrick Ka was burgess of Linkithgow until his death in 1445. [1] The "Mac" prefix seems is difficult to clarify. Some Mackay (Macaoid) families may have shortened their name.

Important Dates for the Kaye family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kaye research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1246, 1372, 1500, and 1704 are included under the topic Early Kaye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kaye Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kay, Kaye and others.

Early Notables of the Kaye family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Kaye family to Ireland

Some of the Kaye family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kaye migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kaye Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Kaye, who received a land grant in Virginia in 1724
Kaye Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Abraham, Joan, John, Thomas and William Kaye, who all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Kaye migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kaye Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Kaye, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • William Kaye, English Convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • James Kaye, aged 28, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"
  • Lydia Ann Kaye, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"
  • John Kaye, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

Kaye migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kaye Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. A. L. Kaye, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 10th June 1853 [4]
  • Mr. John Kaye, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Palmyra" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 19th February 1858 [4]
  • Mrs. Kaye, British settler travelling from with 4 children London aboard the ship "Palmyra" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 19th February 1858 [4]
  • Mr. Kaye, Canadian settler travelling from Victoria, Vancouver Island aboard the shp "Glympse" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 29th November 1873 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kaye (post 1700)

  • David Daniel "Danny" Kaye (1913-1987), American actor, singer, comedian and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Judith Ann Kaye (1938-2016), née Smith, an American lawyer and jurist, Chairman of the Commission on Judicial Nomination (2009-2013)
  • Carol Kaye (b. 1935), American session musician who has played on an estimated 10,000 recording sessions in a 55 year career [6]
  • William Kaye (1813-1890), American politician, Mayor of Louisville, Ky., 1863-65 [7]
  • Vincent E. Kaye, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 7th District, 1964 [7]
  • Philip J. Kaye, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1960 [7]
  • Leonard C. Kaye, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 15th District, 1922, 1924, 1926, 1930; Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 3rd District, 1923 [7]
  • Jack Kaye, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 2nd District, 1954 [7]
  • George Kaye, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 6th District, 1938 [7]
  • Frederick A. Kaye (1796-1866), American politician, Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, 1837-41, 1844-47 [7]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Kaye family

RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Hannah Ermine Kathleen Kaye, English 2nd Class passenger from London, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [8]

Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Carol Kaye. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Carol Kaye. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Kaye
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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