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Kay Surname Origin
(Locality). In Cornish British, signifies a hedge, inclosure, a place of security, a fortified place. Kai, German, is a quay, a wharf.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Kay Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Kay Family History Thought:
'He who has no knaves, fools, or beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightening.' --Old English Proverb