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What does Keyes mean?

Keyes \ke-yes\ 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".


Keyes has 2 variants: Key and Keys.

For more on this name, see also related boy names Caius and Gaius.

Keyes has 2 more different forms via Kay: Kai and Keh.


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)

Kai (#177 a year ago) and Kay are the popular related forms of Keyes (#unlisted). These boy names are at the apex of their popularity today (usage of 0.4115%), except for the version Kay which has become less stylish. Kai (#177) is the most contemporarily stylish boy name here. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Keyes and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Kai, Kay in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Keyes is alike in pronunciation to Kees. Other recommended similar baby names are Keye and Reyes. These names tend to be more commonly used than Keyes.