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Kaye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , Scottish


The surname Kaye 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."


Early Origins of the Kaye family


The surname Kaye was 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 Hundredorum 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
One reference claims a more romantic origin of the name: "the family of Kaye is of great antiquity in the county of York, being descended from Sir Kaye, an ancient Briton, and one of the Knights of the warlike Table of that noble Prince Arthur, flower of chivalry!!" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
"The property [of Thornton in Craven in the West Riding of Yorkshire] belongs to various families, the principal owner being Sir John Lister Kaye, Bart., lord of the several manors." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Early History of the Kaye family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kaye research.
Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1372, 1219, 1246 and 1640 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.

Migration of the Kaye family to the New World and Oceana


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 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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • William Kaye, English Convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • 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"

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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Carol Kaye. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Carol Kaye. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Kaye
  • William Kaye (1813-1890), American politician, Mayor of Louisville, Ky., 1863-65 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Vincent E. Kaye, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 7th District, 1964 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Philip J. Kaye, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1960 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Jack Kaye, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 2nd District, 1954 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • George Kaye, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 6th District, 1938 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Frederick A. Kaye (1796-1866), American politician, Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, 1837-41, 1844-47 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 7 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

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See Also



Citations


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ 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
  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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