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What does Kay mean?

Kay Pronunciation of Kay as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Kay) is pronounced kay. Most often used as a short form of Katherine and its variants, but also a surname and independent given name. Actress Kaye Ballard; author Kay Thompson. Also form of Catherine.




VARIANTS Caye, Kai, Kayana, Kayann, Kaye, Kayla, Kaylee, Kaylin


RELATED FORMS VIA KATHERINE, KAYE Cait, Caity, Cari, Caryn, Cass, Cat, Cate, Cathy, Cati, Caty, Cay, Kait, Kaity, Karen, Kari, Karin, Karon, Karri, Karyn, Karynn, Kas, Kasia, Kasja, Kaska, Kass, Kassi, Kasya, Kat, Kata, Kate, Katee, Katey, Katha, Kathi, Kathy, Kati, Katie, Katka, Katla, Katrya, Katy, Katya, Kit, Kitty




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How popular is Kay?

Kay is a very prominent first name for women (#272 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#1402 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Kay reached its highest rank of #98 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Cari, Caryn, Cate, Catherine (#204 IN RECENT RANKINGS), Cathy, Jay, Kai (#854), Karen (#635), Kari (#1569), Karin, Karon, Karri, Karyn, Kassi, Kate (#285), Katey, Katherine (#112), Kathi, Kathy, Kati, Katie (#449), Katy (#1790), Katya, Kaye, Kayla (#149), Kaylee (#97), Kaylin (#938), Kit and Kitty are the popular related forms of Kay. Other variants, like Cait, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Kay was well-received in the 1950s (ADOPTION OF 4.2%) and is now much lower (ADOPTION 0.7%, 82.9%). Katherine is a constant favorite, although Kai appears to be gaining favor too, while versions such as Kathi are now less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kay, Cari, Caryn, Cate, Catherine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cathy, Jay, Kai, Karen, Kari in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karin, Karon, Karri, Karyn, Kassi in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kate, Katey, Katherine, Kathi, Kathy in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kati, Katie, Katy, Katya, Kaye in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kayla, Kaylee, Kaylin, Kit, Kitty in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Catherine, Karen, Karin, Kate, Katherine outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Katie, Kayla, Kaylee outside U.S.

Similar Names

Kay is pronounced similarly to Cai, Cay, Coe, Ka-, Kaeya, Kaia, Kaya, Kia and Kiah. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Bay, Day, Fay, Gay, Jay, Kacy, Kady, Kaly, Kary, Kas, Kasy, Kat, Katy, May and Ray. These names tend to be less frequently used than Kay.