English, diminutive of Katherine

Kay Origin and Meaning

The name Kay is a girl's name of English origin.

Kay, a cigarette-smoking, nightclubbing name of the 1930's, could be ready for a comeback along with cousins May/Mae and Ray/Rae.

Kay has been out of sight since the mid-eighties, but was in the double digits from 1936 to 1945, attached to several glamorous actresses of the period, such as fashion plate Kay Francis, as well as Eloise author Kay Thompson.

Kay was also once a unisex name, as in Sir Kay, in Arthurian legend one of the Knights of the Round Table.

Bottom line: Parents in search of a fresh, more cosmopolitan alternative to Kate might consider Kay..

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Kay Popularity

Famous People Named Kay

  • Kathryn Ann "Kay" Bailey HutchisonU.S. Senator from Texas
  • Katherine Linn "Kay" SageAmerican surrealist artist
  • Kay Starr (born Katherine Laverne Starks)American singer
  • (Stephanie) Kay PanabakerAmerican actress
  • Marsha "Miss Kay" Robertsonmatriarch on TV's "Duck Dynasty"
  • Kay Redfield JamisonAmerican clinical psychologist
  • Kay Thompson (born Catherine Louise Fink)American children's author
  • (Justine) Kay KendallEnglish actress
  • Kay Ann LenzAmerican actress
  • Kay Francis (born Katharine Edwina Gibbs)American actress
  • Kristin "Kay" BoutilierCanadian singer,songwriter
  • Katharine Faulkner "Kay" SwiftAmerican composer, namesake of musical "Oh, Kay!"

Kay in Pop Culture

  • Mary KayAmerican cosmetics company
  • Kay Jewelerschain with motto "Every kiss begins with Kay"
  • Katherine "Kay" Corleonecharacter from "The Godfather"
  • Kay Bennettcharacter on soap "Passions"
  • "If You See Kay" a song by alternative rock band The Script
  • Kay Faradayfrom Ace Attorney Investigations
  • Kay Scarpettacharacter in books by Patricia Cornwell
  • Lady Kaycharacter in musical "Oh, Kay!"