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What does Keith mean?

Keith Pronunciation of Keith [kei-th] as a boys' name is pronounced keeth. It is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Keith is "woodland, forest". The family name of hereditary earls marshals of Scotland from the 11th century. Baseball player Keith Hernandez; Rolling Stone Keith Richard; actor Keith Carradine.

Associated with: scottish, gaelic, forest (tree), earls (noble), stone (rock).


1 feminine form: Keitha.

Creative forms:
(male) Keath, Keits, ..

(female) Keida, Keiti, ..

Middle name pairings:
Keith Kaiden (K.K.), ..

How popular is Keith?

Keith is a very popular first name for men (#59 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#663 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Keith reached its top rank of #34 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is presently at #425. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Keith name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Keith outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Heath, Jeth, Keats, Keh, Keiji, Keir, Kennith, Kent, Kentt (see Kent), Ketti, Kit, Kitt, Leith, Seth and Smith. These names tend to be less frequently used than Keith.

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