What does Keyes mean?
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".
Keyes has 1 more different relation via Kay: Keh.Creative forms:
(male) Kayes, Keayes, ..
(female) Keyen, Keyessie, .. Middle name pairings:
Keyes Kristian (K.K.), ..
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. Shown below is an analysis of the ranking of the boy name Keyes and affiliated names. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
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.