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102k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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24k
in the U.S.
in 2010

Kay

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1882 5 0 5
1885 6 6 0
1886 6 6 0
1887 6 6 0
1888 12 6 6
1889 7 7 0
1890 5 5 0
1891 5 5 0
1892 7 7 0
1893 16 16 0
1894 20 14 6
1895 10 10 0
1896 13 13 0
1897 20 15 5
1898 14 14 0
1899 28 23 5
1900 33 26 7
1901 22 22 0
1902 31 26 5
1903 42 37 5
1904 39 39 0
1905 54 49 5
1906 47 42 5
1907 59 53 6
1908 81 75 6
1909 83 83 0
1910 112 106 6
1911 120 111 9
1912 160 143 17
1913 179 159 20
1914 240 215 25
1915 275 244 31
1916 318 272 46
1917 323 283 40
1918 369 311 58
1919 370 330 40
1920 378 313 65
1921 364 304 60
1922 344 281 63
1923 370 285 85
1924 379 302 77
1925 315 248 67
1926 302 224 78
1927 368 267 101
1928 307 223 84
1929 298 218 80
1930 456 351 105
1931 682 558 124
1932 782 658 124
1933 998 863 135
1934 1,588 1,429 159
1935 1,798 1,648 150
1936 2,544 2,407 137 #98 girl name
1937 3,139 3,010 129 #79 girl name
1938 3,234 3,114 120 #81 girl name
1939 3,382 3,259 123 #76 girl name
1940 3,323 3,199 124 #77 girl name
1941 3,632 3,536 96 #70 girl name
1942 3,718 3,622 96 #75 girl name
1943 3,590 3,492 98 #81 girl name
1944 3,239 3,170 69 #88 girl name
1945 3,110 3,059 51 #91 girl name
1946 3,402 3,357 45
1947 3,578 3,519 59
1948 2,986 2,944 42
1949 2,797 2,751 46
1950 2,657 2,625 32
1951 2,998 2,964 34
1952 2,807 2,772 35
1953 2,499 2,466 33
1954 2,540 2,504 36
1955 2,362 2,326 36
1956 2,418 2,391 27
1957 2,394 2,357 37
1958 2,263 2,238 25
1959 2,027 2,001 26
1960 1,954 1,925 29
1961 1,982 1,956 26
1962 1,898 1,878 20
1963 1,621 1,606 15
1964 1,320 1,302 18
1965 1,037 1,020 17
1966 866 857 9
1967 719 709 10
1968 645 636 9
1969 508 498 10
1970 485 477 8
1971 385 377 8
1972 257 251 6
1973 278 273 5
1974 248 239 9
1975 206 206 0
1976 199 192 7
1977 202 195 7
1978 161 155 6
1979 164 156 8
1980 158 153 5
1981 172 164 8
1982 159 151 8
1983 150 150 0
1984 152 146 6
1985 139 139 0
1986 135 128 7
1987 125 118 7
1988 150 141 9
1989 123 118 5
1990 119 114 5
1991 112 104 8
1992 109 104 5
1993 106 100 6
1994 95 88 7
1995 87 82 5
1996 73 67 6
1997 74 74 0
1998 75 70 5
1999 66 66 0
2000 74 74 0
2001 72 72 0
2002 79 79 0
2003 72 66 6
2004 74 67 7
2005 65 60 5
2006 62 62 0
2007 66 66 0
2008 46 46 0
2009 40 40 0
2010 47 47 0
2011 47 47 0
2012 52 52 0
2013 48 48 0
2014 66 60 6
2015 51 43 8

Fun Facts about the name Kay

  • How many people with the first name Kay have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 101,980 babies born with the first name Kay in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kay to occupy the territory of Aruba (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 101,484 (as of September 29, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kay? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kay first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kay is Thursday, March 3rd, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Kay born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kay was in 1942 with a total of 3,622 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kay!
  • Random Kay Factoid: According to the 1936 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kay ranks 45th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Montana. Imagine that, 23 babies in Montana have the same name as you in 1936.
  • Weird things about the name Kay: Your name in reverse order is Yak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yka. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kay? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 24,337 people with the last name Kay.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kay? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Kay as their last name.

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Popularity of Kay as a first name

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Popularity of Kay as a last name

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Common last names for Kay

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Davis
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • Nelson
  • Moore
  • White
  • Lee
  • Jackson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kay U.S.
  White 85.64% 64.26%
  African American 5.89% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.47% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.61% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.92% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.48% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kay

People with the last name Kay are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Kay" mean? The list below shows the origins of Kay as well as things modernly associated with the name Kay such as celebrities named Kay.

Greek

Origin and Meaning of Kay

The name "Kay" is of Greek origin, and it means "Rejoice". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Wiktionary
  1. A surname​ derived from several Old and Middle English words; also adopted by immigrants whose surnames began with a K.
  2. A male given name derived from the surnames, or from a rare medieval given name ( as the Sir Kay of Arthurian legend ), Welsh Cai, Latinized as Caius, related to the modern male name Kai.
  3. A short form of Katherine and other female names beginning with a "K"; popular as a middle name.

Kay was also found in the following language(s): German and Turkish

Notable Persons With the Name Kay

Kay Felder

Kay Felder is a basketball player. Kay was born on March 29th, 1995.

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Kay Kay Menon

Kay Kay Menon is an actor. Kay was born on October 2nd, 1966 in Kerala, India.

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Kay Panabaker

Kay Panabaker is an actor and actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to 2012. Kay was given the name Stephanie Kay Panabaker on May 2nd, 1990 in Orange, Texas, U.S.

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Kay Cannon

Kay Cannon is a writer, actor, and actress. Kay was born in United States.

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Kay Lenz

Kay Lenz is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1973. Kay was given the name Kay Ann Lenz on March 4th, 1953 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Kay Burley

Kay Burley is a television presenter. Kay was born Kay Burley in 1960 in Wigan, Lancashire, England.

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  • Kathryn Hays
    (influential somebody)
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison
    (Member of the Texas House of Representatives)
  • Kay Summersby
    (military person)
  • Kay Starr
    (singer)
  • Kay Hanley
    (musician)
  • Kay Kendall
    (actress)
  • Kay Hagan
    (office holder)
  • Kay Francis
    (actress)
  • Kay Robertson
    (television personality)
  • Kay Kyser
    (vocalist)
  • Kay Ivey
    (30th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama)
  • Kay Granger
    (Vice Chairperson of the House Republican Conference)
  • Kay Sage
    (artist)
  • Kay Medford
    (actress)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Kay

Jay Kay

Jay Kay is a funk, jazz-funk, acid jazz, contemporary r&b, soul music, pop music, rock music, funk rock, dance music, dance-pop, electronic music, disco, and house music musician. He was most prominent from 1992 to present. Jay was given the name Jason Luís Cheetham on December 30th, 1969 in Wangford, Suffolk, England.

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Billie Kay

Billie Kay is an important individual. Billie was born on June 23rd, 1989 in Sydney.

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Peter Kay

Peter Kay is an observational comedy comedian. Peter was given the name Peter John Kay on July 2nd, 1973 in Farnworth, Lancashire, England.

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Alan Kay

Alan Kay is a scientist in the field of computer science. Alan was given the name Alan Curtis Kay on May 17th, 1940 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Robert Andrew Kay

Robert Andrew Kay is an actor. He was most prominent from 2006 to present. Robert was born Robert Andrew Kay on September 13th, 1995 in Lymington, Hampshire, England. Robert is also known as Kay and Robbie.

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Allysin Kay

Allysin Kay is a famed somebody. Allysin was born on November 5th, 1987 in Detroit.

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What does the name Kay mean?

Kis for knowledge, an avid learner

Ais for accomplished, in all that you do.

Yis for yes, always open to new possibilities

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Sources: U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain). U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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