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Origins of the Kay surname

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About the Kays

We have a total number of 178861 records for people with the last name Kay.

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Alternative variations of the name Kay

Kay, Keay, Kaye, Kays, Kee

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Where do most Kays live?

In 1921, most Kays lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Kays

How common is your surname?

279th most common surname in the UK

We have 150,000 records for the Kay surname. The oldest one dates back to 1486.

Who were Kays most likely to marry?

Mc Kays



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What are the most common Kay first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Kays

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Kays in 1921
Cotton Weaver






Cotton Winder




Common Male occupations for Kays in 1921
Coal Miner


Cotton Weaver




General Labourer




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