Log in  | New? Register

36,673 KEY members around the world

Stay informed about KEY Family online & offline events!

Keep me informed as to KEY Family online & offline events

My KEY family came from?

See our recent family gatherings

KEY Family History

This interesting surname with variant spellings Kay, Kaye, Kayes, Keay, Keays, Keeys, Key, Keye, Keyes, Keys, Keyse, is derives from a number of different sources. Firstly, it may be an occupational name for a maker of keys or for someone who held the office of key bearer, deriving from the old English pre 7th Century "coeg" meaning "key". Secondly, it may be a topographical name for someone who lived by a wharf or was employed on one, deriving from the middle English, old French "Kay(e)", meaning "quay". Thirdly, it may be from the middle English given name Kay of Celtic origin from the old Welsh "cai" meaning "corn", which was borne by the boastful foster-brother of King Arthur...

Who have we missed?

Tell us about any famous KEY (or surname variant) you think we should add here. We will get our genealogists to check them out and add them to the list. Thanks!


Join the conversation with the KEY tribe

  • Find your KEY ancestor
  • Tell us about your KEY Family
  • Tell us about your KEY ancestors
  • Ask a question about the KEY history
  • Leave a message for KEY family members

You are not register

Join Log in
Areas of Origin for KEY

Invite more KEY family members!

Write an email address and click 'Invite' to share this page with more members of the KEY tribe.

Log in or Register to invite others
Family Coat of Arms Generator

Why not see what your family crest could look like based on your own family characteristics?

Create Crest

Discover where the KEY Family members live around the world

Explore where tribe members live today!


Show off the KEY Family Crest…

Wear your crest with pride...plenty of products to choose from