Kay

The name Kay (/kay/) is found both as a surname (see Kay (surname)) and as a given name. In English-speaking countries, it is usually a female name, often a short form of Katherine or one of its variants; but, it is also used as a first name in its own right, and (more often in non-English speakers) as a boy's name (for example in India). The alternative spelling of Kaye is encountered as a surname, but also occasionally as a given name; for instance, actress Kaye Ballard.

A dynasty name:

  • Gakhars therefore use the ancient royal Persian title "Kay or "Kayani as did the Sassanian aristocracy as they claim connection with the semi-mythological Kayani Kings of ancient Iran.

A female first name:

  • Kay Bailey Hutchison, the senior United States Senator from Texas
  • Kay Boutilier, better known by her stage name My Name is Kay is a Canadian singer-songwriter
  • Kay Elson, Australian Liberal Party politician
  • Kay Hull, Australian Liberal Party politician
  • Kay Hagan, the junior United States Senator from North Carolina
  • Kay Kendall, British actress
  • Kay A. Orr, United States Republican Party politician
  • Kay Panabaker, an actress
  • Kay Redfield Jamison, American professor of psychiatry and writer who is an expert on bipolar disorder
  • Kay Parker, porn actress
  • Kay Tse, a popular singer from Hong Kong

A male first name (see also Kai (name)):

  • Kay van Dijk, Dutch volleyball player
  • Kay Pollak, Swedish film director

The name of a fictional character:

  • Agent K, a character in the Men In Black film series and animated series
  • Kay Adams-Corleone, a character in Mario Puzo's The Godfather.
  • Sir Kay, character from Arthurian legend
  • Kay Harker, character from the book The Box of Delights by John Masefield.
  • Kay, a protagonist in the video game Legend of Kay.
  • Kay, also spelled Kai, a character in Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen
  • Kay, a character in the Vertigo comic series Fables.
  • Kay Faraday, a character in the Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

A brand name or pseudonym:

  • Kay Musical Instrument Company, a musical instrument manufacturer that produced guitars, double basses, and other instruments
  • DJ Kayslay, the ringmaster of the new hip-hop rivalries
  • Kay Jewelers, a fine jewelry store chain in the United States
  • Mary Kay, a brand of skin care and color cosmetics in USA

Kay may also be:

  • the surname Kay
  • a nickname / short version of a name
  • K, the eleventh letter in the Latin alphabet
  • 'kay, short for okay, a term of approval or assent
  • an epithet for a ruler of the mythological Kayanian dynasty
  • Kay, an album by John Wesley Ryles, or its title track, "Kay" (song)

Famous quotes containing the word kay:

    I became the Incredible Shrinking Mother the year they started junior high. If our relationship today depended on physical clout, I would have about the same influence with them that the republic of Liechtenstein has on world politics.
    —Mary Kay Blakely (20th century)

    ... self-determination and self-defense go hand in hand.
    Anonymous, U.S. woman. As quoted in Fugitive Information, ch. 8, by Kay Leigh Hagan (1993)

    It takes twenty or so years before a mother can know with any certainty how effective her theories have been—and even then there are surprises. The daily newspapers raise the most frightening questions of all for a mother of sons: Could my once sweet babes ever become violent men? Are my sons really who I think they are?
    —Mary Kay Blakely (20th century)