• Keye in 1659.

  • Keye births mapped 1864-1913

  • Keye 1901 census map

  • Keye 1911 census map

  • Keye Roman Catholic baptisms new!

    The surname

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Parishes where Keye and a second surname are found together


Household numbers by county in Griffith's (1847-64), as on the map

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Surname Dictionary

Kayes rare: Belfast area.
Keays rare: Limerick etc. See Keyes.
Kee fairly numerous: W Ulster. Ir. Mac Aoidh, from first name Aodh (fire). One of many synonyms. See Mac Kee. MIF.
Keyes numerous: South East, Limerick, Ulster. Ir. Mac Aoidh (SGA). Woulfe gives Mac an Chaoich, caoch, blind and a Cavan name. The name exists in England with diverse origins. DBS.
Keys numerous: Ulster, particularly Derry-Donegal, Galway etc. Ir. Mac Aoidh. Also as MacKee, q.v.
Mac an Chaoich Keyes, Mac Kee: de Bhulbh amháin a luann an sloinne seo agus ní léir conas idirdhealú le Mac Aoidh. Deir sé gur bhain sé leis na Raghallaigh i mBreifne agus go raibh sé i Luimneach & Tiobraid Árann. Is fíor go bhfuil Keyes i Luimneach le fada.
Mac Aoidh rare: scattered. Ir. Lang. See Mac Coy.
MacAodha rare: scattered. Ir. Lang. See Hayes & Hughes.
MacKay Very numerous: Ulster, especially Antrim; Dublin etc. Ir. Mac Aodha, from first name Aodh, "fire". Mainly a Scottish name. IF.
MacKee Very numerous: Ulster generally, especially Down. Ir. Mac Aoidh, from first name Aodh meaning "fire". Various synonyms: Mac Kay, Mac Coy, Mac Hugh.
Mackey numerous: all areas, especially Ulster, South East, Tipperary-Limerick. Ir. Ó Macdha (manly), a sept of Tipperary. In Ulster, it usually stands for Mac Aoidh, i.e. Mac Kee and Mac Kay, q.v. MIF.
Mackie Quite numerous: Down-Armagh etc. Ir. Mac Aoidh. See Mac Kee.

Variants in Griffith's
& total households

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Kayes: 23
Kays: 27
Keayes: 3
Keays: 55
Kee: 43
Key: 17
Keye: 4
Keyes: 41
Keys: 214
Mackey: 551
Makee: 7
McCay: 139
McGuy: 2
McKay: 282
McKeay: 3
McKee: 813
McKey: 94

Non-Griffith's Variants

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Mac an Chaoich
Mac Aoidh
Mac Quay

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