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Origins Available: English, Scottish


The Keay 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."

Keay Early Origins



The surname Keay 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]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.

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Keay Spelling Variations


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Keay Spelling Variations



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

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Keay Early History


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Keay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keay research. Another 234 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1246, 1372, 1500, and 1704 are included under the topic Early Keay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keay Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keay In Ireland


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Keay In Ireland



Some of the Keay 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Keay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Keay, who landed in Virginia in 1697

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keay (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keay (post 1700)



  • John Paul "Jack" Keay (b. 1960), former Scottish footballer
  • Walter "Watty" Keay (1871-1943), Scottish professional footballer
  • John Keay (b. 1941), English journalist and author
  • Nigel Keay (b. 1955), New Zealand freelance musician and composer, violist and violin teacher

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Keay Historic Events


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Keay Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Harry E W Keay, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Motto


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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.


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Keay Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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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)

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  6. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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The Keay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keay 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 15 October 2015 at 12:55.

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