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Pronunciation K
Gender Unisex
Related names Katherine, Kaye, Kayanna, Kail, Kayla, Kaylee
Popularity Popular names page

The name Kay \kay\ is found both as a surname (see Kay (surname)) and as a given name. In English-speaking countries it is usually a girl's name, often a short form of Katherine or one of its variants; but it is also used as a first name in its own right, and (more often in non-English families) as a boy's name. As an English name it is pronounced kay. The alternative spelling Kaye is encountered as a surname, but also occasionally as a given name: actress Kaye Ballard; author Kay Thompson.

A female first name:

A male first name (see also Kai (name)):

The name of a fictional character:

  • Agent K, a character in the Men In Black film series and animated series
  • Sir Kay, character from Arthurian legend
  • Kay, a protagonist in the video game Legend of Kay.
  • Kay, also spelled Kai, a character in Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen
  • Kay, a character in the Vertigo comic series Fables.

A brand name or pseudonym:

Kay may also be:


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also 'kay, kay, and käy



Alternative spellings

Proper noun




  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.


  • 1970 Santha Rama Rau, The Adventureress, Harper&Row 1970, pages 99-100:
    She frowned at the girl's response. "Kay?" she said. "That is not a name. And what of your family?"
    "Catalina," the girl amended quickly. "I am used to being Kay at work. My family name is Gómez - we come from Mindanao, where we had pineapple plantations - "


  • Anagrams of aky
  • yak


Proper noun


  1. A male given name, a spelling variant of Kai.

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