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What does Keys mean?

Keys Pronunciation of Keys [keys] as a boys' name is of Latin and Old English derivation, and the name Keys means "happy". Keys is an alternate form of Caius (Latin): common Roman version of Gaius. Keys is also a variation of Keyes (Old English).

Associated with: old english, happy.


4 different relations via Caius, Gaius, Keyes: Kay, Kaye, Key and Keye.

Creative forms:
(male) Kenys, Keoys, ..

(female) Keis, Kesa, ..

Middle name pairings:
Keys Grey (K.G.), ..

How popular is Keys?

Keys is an uncommon given name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#1860 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Keys (unlisted) appearing in the Top 2000 are Caius (#1283 via latest list), Kaye and Kay. These forms of Keys reached the height of their popularity 85 years ago (usage of 0.02%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.01%, 52.9%). (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Similar Names

Keys is alike in pronunciation to Cass, Kass, Kaz and Kees. Other suggested similar names are Denys, Hays, Kean, Keats, Keen, Keer, Keh, Keir, Keld, Kell, Kelsy (see Kelsey), Kelvys (see Kelvis), Kemp, Ken, Kenn, Kent, Keon, Ker, Kerk, Kern, Kerr, Kevis, Kevyn, Keyne, Kris, Kye, Kyp, Mays, Otys and Rhys. These names tend to be more commonly used than Keys.

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