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Kay is a name that feels deeply connected to the past. This popular 1940s name is experiencing a resurgence in popularity among those looking for classic names. Read on to learn more about this traditional name.

Meaning of the name Kay:

Breton: Wharf

Origin of the name Kay:

Kay comes from the Old Breton word Cai, which is loosely translated as “wharf”.

Symbolism of the name Kay:

Kay generally symbolizes a wandering spirit or a general sense of wonder; it typically symbolizes hopes for a child with a great imagination.

Style of the name Kay:

Classic

Gender of the name Kay:

Kay is typically a girl's name, but it has also been infrequently used as a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Kay:

KAY

Number of syllables in the name Kay:

One

Emotion evoked from the name Kay:

The name Kay typically evokes emotions of happiness or delight, with feelings of protectiveness and care generally close behind.

Alternative spellings for the name Kay:

  • Kaye
  • Kaiye

Nicknames for the name Kay:

  • Kay-kay

Popularity of the name Kay:

According to the Social Security Administration, the name Kay last ranked at the 983rd position in the top 1000 most popular girls' names of 1984. The name was most popular in 1941, at which point it was the 70th most popular name.

Related names for the name Kay:

Great middle names for Kay and their meanings:

  • Eliza (pledged to God)
  • Cecily (humble, blind to one's own beauty)
  • Beatrice (blessed)
  • Julia (supreme God)
  • Rose (flower)
  • Anne (grace)
  • Jane (God is gracious)
  • Marigold (flower)

Famous people with the name Kay:

  • Kay Bailey Hutchinson (politician)
  • Kay Purcell (actress)
  • Kay Thompson (author)

Kays in popular culture:

  • Kay Adams (character, The Godfather)
  • Kay Farraday (character, Ace Attorney Investigations)
  • Sir Kay (character, Arthurian legend)