Kay Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Kay Family History

If you are conducting some Kay family history research then you can view the Kay coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Kay surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The names McKay and Kaye were brought into Ireland by settlers from Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. Some members of the Gaelic MacAodha Sept also adopted these names as the anglicized form of their native name. Most descendants still reside in the original homeland area of County Antrim.

A Sept is an ancient Clan-like collective describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Kay Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Sable/Black Denotes Constancy and sometimes Grief.
Bend A bearing of High Honour which signifies Defence or Protection.
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