Origins Available: English
The Caie surname is thought to have emerged from several different sources. In Northern England
, 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 Caie family
The surname Caie 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The "Mac" prefix seems is difficult to clarify. Some Mackay (Macaoid) families may have shortened their name.
Early History of the Caie family
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Caie Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Caie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Caie family to Ireland
Some of the Caie 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Caie family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Caie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Caie, aged 26, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
- Jessie Caie, aged 28, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
- Helen Caie, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
Contemporary Notables of the name Caie (post 1700)
- John Morrison Caie CB FRSE (1878-1949), Scottish civil servant and poet, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
- William Shand Caie (1814-1873), Scottish-born, Canadian merchant and politician in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1865 to 1873
The Caie Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Kynd Kynn Knawne Kepe
Motto Translation: Keep your own kin-kind.