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The ancestors of the first family to use the name Kee lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name Kee comes from the personal name Aodh, a cognate of Hugh. The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Aoidh and in Inverness, the Gaelic form of the name Kee is Mac Ai.

Kee Early Origins



The surname Kee was first found in Sutherland (Gaelic: Cataibh), a former county in northern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Highland, where early records show that Gilcrest M'Ay, forefather of the MacKay family of Ugadale, made a payment to the constable of Tarbert in 1326. It is claimed that the Clan is descended from the royal house of MacEth.

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Kee Spelling Variations


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Kee Spelling Variations



In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Kee has been spelled MacKay, MacCay, MacQuey, MacQuoid, MacKaw, MacKy, MacKye, MacCoy, McCoy and many more.

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Kee Early History


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Kee Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kee research. Another 597 words (43 lines of text) covering the years 1408, 1411, 1429, 1329, 1506, 1575, 1873, 1940, 1640, 1692, 1689, 1726 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Kee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kee Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kee Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Hugh Mackay ( c. 1640-1692), Scottish general, Major-General Commanding in Chief in Scotland in 1689, killed at the Battle of Steinkeerke; and...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kee In Ireland


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Kee In Ireland



Some of the Kee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 253 words (18 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



In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Kee:

Kee Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Silvester Kee, who landed in Maryland in 1671

Kee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Kee, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Jane Kee, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Margaret Kee, who arrived in New Jersey in 1811
  • Patrick Kee, who arrived in New Jersey in 1811
  • Robert Kee, who arrived in New Jersey in 1811
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kee Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Martha Kee, aged 19, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • John Kee, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • Thomas Kee, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kee (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kee (post 1700)



  • Harry Weldon Kee (1914-1955), American poet, painter, literary critic, novelist, jazz pianist, and short story writer
  • John P. Kee (b. 1962), American gospel singer and pastor
  • James Kee (1917-1989), American Democratic politician
  • Maude Elizabeth Kee (1895-1975), American Democratic politician
  • Jenny Kee (b. 1947), Australian fashion designer
  • Paul Kee (b. 1969), former Northern Irish footballer
  • Robert Kee (b. 1919), British broadcaster, journalist and writer
  • Billy Rodney Kee (b. 1990), English footballer

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Kee Historic Events


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Kee Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Jeff Scott Kee (b. 1963), American Specialist 4th Class from Pensacola, Florida, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

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Suggested Readings for the name Kee


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Suggested Readings for the name Kee



  • The 1868-73 Journals of Emma Celinda Howe by Ralph M. Kee.

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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: Manu forti
Motto Translation: With a strong hand.


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Kee Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    7. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    11. ...

    The Kee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kee 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 22 June 2016 at 20:39.

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