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What does Cay mean?

Cay Pronunciation of Cay [cay] as a name for girls is of Greek derivation, and Cay means "pure". Cay is a variant form of Catherine (Greek): from katharos. Cay is also a derivative of Katherine (Greek).

Associated with: greek, pure (virgin).


Cay has 3 variants: Caye, Kay and Kaye.

47 more alternative forms via Catherine, Katherine: Cadi, Cait, Caitey, Caity, Caren, Cari, Carin, Caron, Carri, Caryn, Carynn, Cass, Cassey, Cassi, Cassy, Cat, Cate, Catey, Cath, Catha, Cathe, Cathi, Cathy, Cathye, Cati, Catia, Catie, Cato, Caty, Cazzy, Kait, Kaity, Kari, Karyn, Kas, Kass, Kassy, Kasya, Kat, Kata, Kate, Katey, Kathy, Kati, Katy, Katya and Kit.

Creative forms:
(female) Cany, Cley, ..

(male) Cani, Clan, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cay Seraphina (C.S.), ..

How popular is Cay?

Cay is an uncommonly occurring given name for women but a very prominent last name for all people (#53047 out of 150436, Top 35%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Cay (unlisted) are Caren, Cari, Carin, Caron, Carri, Caryn, Cassey, Cassi, Cassy, Cate, Catherine (#179 last year), Cathi, Cathy, Kari (#1817), Karyn, Kate (#222), Katey, Katherine (#84), Kathy (#1676), Kati, Katy (#1547), Katya, Kay, Kaye and Kit. These relations of Cay reached the top of their popularity 65 years ago (average #1101) and are now significantly less common (#1741, 80% less usage), with forms like Kathy becoming less in vogue. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caren, Cari, Carin, Caron, Carri in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caryn, Cassey, Cassi, Cassy, Cate in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Catherine, Cathi, Cathy, Kari, Karyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kate, Katey, Katherine, Kathy, Kati in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Katy, Katya, Kay, Kaye, Kit in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Catherine, Kate, Katherine outside U.S.

Similar Names

Cay is pronounced similarly to Cai, Coe, Ka-, Kaeya, Kai, Kaia, Kaya, Kia and Kiah. Other recommended names are Bay, Cacy, Cady, Cal, Cam, Cary, Cas, Casy, Cy, Day, Fay, Gay, Jay, May and Ray. These names tend to be more frequently used than Cay.

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