- English: nickname from Middle English ca ‘jackdaw’, from an unattested Old Norse ká. See also Daw.
- English: nickname from Middle English cai, kay, kei ‘left-handed’, ‘clumsy’.
- English: metonymic occupational name for a locksmith, from Middle English keye, kaye ‘key’. Compare Care, Kear.
- English: topographic name for someone living on or near a quay, Middle English kay(e), Old French cay.
- English: from a Middle English personal name which figures in Arthurian legend. It is found in Old Welsh as Cai, Middle Welsh Kei, and is ultimately from the Latin personal name Gaius.
- Scottish and Irish: reduced form of McKay.
- French: variant of Quay, cognate with 2.
- Much shortened form of any of various names, mostly Eastern European, beginning with the letter K-.
- Variant of Danish and Frisian Kai.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Kaye name origin