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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."

Kaye Early Origins



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.

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Kaye Spelling Variations


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Kaye Spelling Variations



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

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Kaye Early History


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Kaye Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kaye research. Another 345 words (25 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.

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Kaye Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kaye Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Kaye In Ireland


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Kaye In Ireland



Some of the Kaye family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 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, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"
  • Lydia Ann Kaye, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"
  • John Kaye, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kaye (post 1700)


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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)
  • William Kaye (1813-1890), American politician, Mayor of Louisville, Ky., 1863-65
  • Vincent E. Kaye, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 7th District, 1964
  • Philip J. Kaye, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1960
  • 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
  • Jack Kaye, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 2nd District, 1954
  • George Kaye, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 6th District, 1938
  • Frederick A. Kaye (1796-1866), American politician, Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, 1837-41, 1844-47
  • Carol Kaye (b. 1935), American session musician who has played on an estimated 10,000 recording sessions in a 55 year career
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Kaye Historic Events


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Kaye Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

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

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Kaye Family Crest Products


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Citations


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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

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Kaye Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kaye 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.

This page was last modified on 23 November 2016 at 13:31.

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