• 436k Keith
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436k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Keith

"Keith" is a name of Scottish origin, and it means "Place Name, Unknown Meaning". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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Place name in Scotland, probably from a Celtic word meaning "wood", or a forest.

  1. A Scottish surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A town in Moray, Scotland.

Notable Persons Named Keith

Rupert Murdoch is a chairman, ceo of news corporation, executive chairman of news corp, ceo of 21st century fox, executive co-chairman of 21st century fox, news corporation, news corp, 21st century fox, ceo ofnews corporation(1979–2013), executive chairman ofnews corp(2013–p. Rupert was given the name Keith Rupert Murdoch by his parents Keith Murdoch and Elisabeth Murdoch (philanthropist) on March 11th, 1931 in Melbourne.

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Keith Richards is a rock music, blues, blues rock, rock, roll, and rhythm musician. He plays Guitar, Fender Telecaster, Gibson Les Paul, Gibson ES-335, Fender Stratocaster, and Epiphone Casino. He was most prominent from 1960 to present. Keith was born on December 18th, 1943 in Dartford, Kent, England.

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Keith Urban is a country pop, pop rock, and country music musician. He was most prominent from 1990 to present. Keith was given the name Keith Lionel Urban on October 26th, 1967 in Whangarei.

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Keith Stanfield is an actor, poet, and rap artist. He was most prominent from 2008 to present. Keith was given the name LaKeith Lee Stanfield on August 12th, 1991 in San Bernardino, California, U.S. Keith is also known as Stanfield and LaKeith Lee (full name).

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Keith Ellison is an office holder. Keith was born on August 4th, 1963 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

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Keith David is an actor, singer, voice artist, comedian, and singing. He has been prominent since 1979. Keith was given the name Keith David Williams on June 4th, 1956 in Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Keith

Eartha Kitt was a vocal jazz, cabaret, dance music, and torch song musician. She plays Vocals. She was most prominent from 1943 to 2008. Eartha was given the name Eartha Mae Keith on January 17th, 1927 in North, South Carolina. Eartha is also known as Miss Kitt, Mother Eartha, and Kitty. She breathed her last breath on December 25th, 2008.

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Brian Keith was an actor. His career lasted from 1946 to 1946. Brian was given the name Robert Alba Keith by his parent Robert Keith (actor) on November 14th, 1921 in Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S. Brian is also known as Robert Keith and Jr.. He died on June 24th, 1997.

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Toby Keith is a country music musician. His ongoing career started in 1993. Toby was given the name Toby Keith Covel on July 8th, 1961.

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David Keith is an actor, director, and film director. His ongoing career started in 1978. David was given the name David Lemuel Keith on May 8th, 1954 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Kool Keith is a hip hop music, alternative hip hop, underground hip hop, horrorcore, experimental hip hop, trip hop, and hardcore hip hop rapping and record producer. He plays Rapping, Keyboard instrument, and Bass guitar. His ongoing career started in 1984. Kool was given the name Keith Matthew Thornton on October 7th, 1966. Kool is also known as Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, Black Elvis, Dr. Ultra, Crazy Lou, and Poppa Large.

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Dame Penelope Keith is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1959. Dame was given the name Penelope Anne Constance Hatfield on April 2nd, 1940 in Sutton, Surrey, England.

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How popular is the baby name Keith in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1888 6 0 6
1889 6 0 6
1890 7 0 7
1892 7 0 7
1893 13 0 13
1894 11 0 11
1895 6 0 6
1896 14 0 14
1897 7 0 7
1898 7 0 7
1899 14 0 14
1900 21 5 16
1901 15 0 15
1902 20 0 20
1903 21 0 21
1904 17 0 17
1905 35 0 35
1906 31 0 31
1907 45 0 45
1908 42 0 42
1909 42 0 42
1910 43 0 43
1911 60 0 60
1912 169 0 169
1913 212 0 212
1914 291 0 291
1915 422 0 422
1916 484 8 476
1917 523 5 518
1918 589 9 580
1919 662 9 653
1920 814 11 803
1921 1,006 8 998
1922 999 15 984
1923 1,111 6 1,105
1924 1,079 9 1,070
1925 1,158 18 1,140
1926 1,133 13 1,120
1927 1,241 10 1,231
1928 1,239 16 1,223
1929 1,251 9 1,242
1930 1,372 16 1,356
1931 1,390 14 1,376
1932 1,326 11 1,315
1933 1,327 13 1,314
1934 1,359 8 1,351
1935 1,368 0 1,368
1936 1,409 6 1,403
1937 1,350 7 1,343
1938 1,546 11 1,535
1939 1,515 8 1,507
1940 1,518 6 1,512
1941 1,661 10 1,651
1942 1,796 11 1,785
1943 2,395 12 2,383
1944 2,308 16 2,292
1945 2,170 7 2,163
1946 2,879 18 2,861 #96 boy name
1947 3,695 13 3,682 #91 boy name
1948 3,677 16 3,661 #89 boy name
1949 3,894 14 3,880 #85 boy name
1950 4,589 20 4,569 #78 boy name
1951 5,794 20 5,774 #59 boy name
1952 7,198 32 7,166 #49 boy name
1953 7,399 20 7,379 #47 boy name
1954 8,383 21 8,362 #45 boy name
1955 10,435 32 10,403 #39 boy name
1956 11,508 30 11,478 #36 boy name
1957 12,470 46 12,424 #36 boy name
1958 11,939 42 11,897 #37 boy name
1959 11,794 48 11,746 #39 boy name
1960 12,229 45 12,184 #35 boy name
1961 12,335 53 12,282 #35 boy name
1962 11,677 56 11,621 #36 boy name
1963 12,291 50 12,241 #33 boy name
1964 11,710 45 11,665 #34 boy name
1965 10,723 43 10,680 #35 boy name
1966 11,674 59 11,615 #32 boy name
1967 11,071 63 11,008 #34 boy name
1968 9,942 73 9,869 #35 boy name
1969 9,497 48 9,449 #36 boy name
1970 9,671 58 9,613 #38 boy name
1971 9,908 48 9,860 #37 boy name
1972 9,200 45 9,155 #38 boy name
1973 8,228 60 8,168 #41 boy name
1974 7,444 51 7,393 #44 boy name
1975 6,861 34 6,827 #49 boy name
1976 6,813 61 6,752 #48 boy name
1977 6,644 40 6,604 #48 boy name
1978 6,202 29 6,173 #49 boy name
1979 6,236 44 6,192 #52 boy name
1980 5,928 40 5,888 #56 boy name
1981 5,665 44 5,621 #58 boy name
1982 5,657 38 5,619 #59 boy name
1983 5,356 40 5,316 #61 boy name
1984 5,369 44 5,325 #61 boy name
1985 5,256 45 5,211 #64 boy name
1986 5,072 36 5,036 #66 boy name
1987 4,828 45 4,783 #69 boy name
1988 4,985 41 4,944 #70 boy name
1989 4,918 26 4,892 #70 boy name
1990 4,505 23 4,482 #80 boy name
1991 4,137 13 4,124 #89 boy name
1992 3,645 15 3,630
1993 3,278 14 3,264
1994 2,794 11 2,783
1995 2,462 5 2,457
1996 2,191 8 2,183
1997 2,005 5 2,000
1998 1,785 0 1,785
1999 1,662 0 1,662
2000 1,534 9 1,525
2001 1,432 0 1,432
2002 1,330 6 1,324
2003 1,321 8 1,313
2004 1,321 8 1,313
2005 1,165 0 1,165
2006 1,248 0 1,248
2007 1,162 8 1,154
2008 1,060 0 1,060
2009 965 0 965
2010 887 0 887
2011 805 0 805
2012 839 0 839
2013 757 0 757
2014 748 0 748
2015 723 0 723
2016 630 0 630

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Popularity of Keith as a first name

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Popularity of Keith as a last name

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Common last names for Keith

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Martin
  • Clark
  • Nelson
  • Robinson
  • Baker
  • Young

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Keith U.S.
  White 79.32% 64.26%
  African American 14.52% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.67% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.08% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.13% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.28% 16.26%

Of Last Name Keith

People with the last name Keith are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Keith

  • How Popular is the name Keith? Keith is the 149th most popular name of all time. As a last name Keith was the 718th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Keith have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 436,118 babies born with the first name Keith in the United States. That's more than enough people named Keith to occupy the country of Brunei with an estimated population of 422,700 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Keith? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1888 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Keith first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Keith is Sunday, January 5th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Keith born? The highest recorded use of the first name Keith was in 1957 with a total of 12,424 babies. That's a lot of babies named Keith!
  • Random Keith Factoid: According to the 1958 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Keith ranks 43rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Oregon. Imagine that, 90 babies in Oregon have the same name as you in 1958.
  • Weird things about the name Keith: Your name in reverse order is Htiek. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ikeht. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Keith? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 48,487 people with the last name Keith.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Keith? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 16 of them will have Keith as their last name.

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