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What does Keyes mean?

Keyes Pronunciation of Keyes [keyes] as a boys' name is of Old English origin. Probably an occupational name to do with the possession of keys. Also possibly from Kay "happy". Francis Scott Key, author of "The Star-Spangled Banner".

Associated with: old english, occupational, happy, star.


Keyes has 2 variants: Key and Keys.

Related boy names: Caius and Gaius.

1 more different relation via Kay: Keh.

Creative forms:
(male) Kayes, Keayes, ..

(female) Keyen, Keyker, ..

Middle name pairings:
Keyes Archie (K.A.), ..

How popular is Keyes?

Keyes is an uncommon given name for men but a very popular last name for all people (#2079 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Caius (#1283 via latest list) and Kay are the popular related forms of Keyes (outside Top 2000). These relations of Keyes reached the apex of their popularity in the 1930s and are somewhat less widespread today, with the version Kay becoming somewhat outmoded. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caius, Kay in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Keyes and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Keyes is alike in pronunciation to Kass and Kees. Other recommended names are Amyes (see Amyas), Hayes, Kaye, Keats, Keder, Keen, Keer, Kerem, Keven, Kevis, Keye, Keyne, Klaes, Kye, Lewes, Mayes, Rees and Reyes. These names tend to be more commonly used than Keyes.