Keye heads of household in 1901 census

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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 1901, with total occurences

Kayes: 11
Kays: 4
Keayes: 3
Keays: 13
Kee: 26
Key: 3
Keye: 1
Keyes: 43
Keys: 102
MacKay: 43
MacKee: 2
Mackey: 230
MacKie: 11
McCay: 55
McKay: 184
McKeay: 2
McKee: 284
McKey: 35
McQuay: 3

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