Gender: Female Origin of Kay: English, diminutive of Katherine Meaning of Katherine: Greek, "pure"

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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paulapuddephatt Says:


Kay/Kaye is lovely, on its own or as a nn, especially for Katherine.

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cabosanmucus Says:


I tell people at restaurants and such to call me Kay so that they don't botch my name up. Simple. :)

Undercover_Cupcake Says:


Kay is so sweet and lovely. I adore the meaning; "pure". This name should be seen more often!

Catastroffy Says:


I was amazed when I saw this on a list of "old lady" names. I mean, I know I live under a rock, but's still a delinquent youth to me. Neither a baby or a granny.