Kay—This same is of Gaelic origin in the Isle of Man and is found commonly in Lancashire and Cheshire, and in the large manufacturing districts surrounding Liverpool and Manchester. It is the equivalent of the Scottish sept names MacKay and MacKie, and is found in various forms, namely, Kaye, Keye, Key, Kee, Kie, and Quay, the latter form being the most common in the Isle of Man. In Gaelic Mac Aoidh.
Alphabetical Index of Surnames
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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