What does Kay mean?
Kay [kay] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Kay) is pronounced kay. Most often used as a short form of Katherine and its variants, but also a surname and independent given name. Actress Kaye Ballard; author Kay Thompson.
Associated with: surname.
44 more related forms via Katherine, Kaye: Cait, Caity, Cari▼, Caryn▼, Cass, Cat, Cate, Cathy▼, Cati, Caty, Cay, Kait, Kaity, Karen▼, Kari▼, Karin▼, Karon, Karri, Karyn▼, Karynn, Kas, Kasia, Kasja, Kaska, Kass, Kassi, Kasya, Kat, Kata, Kate, Katee, Katey, Katha, Kathi▼, Kathy▼, Kati, Katie▼, Katka, Katla, Katrya, Katy▼, Katya, Kit and Kitty▼.Creative forms:
(female) Kiry, Taly, ..
(male) Kly, .. Middle name pairings:
Kay Ariana (K.A.), ..
How popular is Kay?
Kay is a very prominent first name for women (#272 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#1402 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Kay reached its highest rank of #98 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Cari, Caryn, Cate, Catherine (#179 in recent rankings), Cathy, Jay, Kai (#895), Karen (#504), Kari (#1817), Karin, Karon, Karri, Karyn, Kassi, Kate (#222), Katey, Katherine (#84), Kathi, Kathy (#1676), Kati, Katie (#309), Katy (#1547), Katya, Kaye, Kayla (#115), Kaylee (#61), Kaylin (#619), Kit and Kitty are the popular related forms of Kay. Other variants, like Cait, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Kay was well-received in the 1960s (adoption of 5.1%) and is now much lower (adoption 1.1%, ▼77.7%). Katherine is a constant favorite, although Kai appears to be gaining favor too, while versions such as Karyn are now less popular.
Kay▼ is pronounced similarly to Cai, Coe, Ka-, Kaeya, Kaia▲, Kaya, Kia▼ and Kiah. Other suggested similar names are Bay, Day, Fay▼, Gay▼, Kacy, Kady, Kaly, Kary, Kasy, May▼ and Ray▼. These names tend to be less frequently used than Kay.See names in meaning and etymology.