Keith name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Keith mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Keith

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Missouri, U.S. says the name Keith means "From the battlefield/Man of the woods".
  2. A submission from Indiana, U.S. says the name Keith means "Man of the woods" and is of Celtic origin.
  3. According to a user from Illinois, U.S., the name Keith means "Allegedly a place name from Scotland. Suppose to mean 'windy hollow' or 'from the battlefield'".
  4. According to a user from Wisconsin, U.S., the name Keith is of Scottish origin and means "Wood Forest".
  5. 2 people from Iowa, U.S. agree the name Keith is of African origin and means "Great man".
  6. A user from Ireland says the name Keith is of Celtic origin and means "Keith is Irish Celtic and spelt Ciat (the A has an accent on it). Directions translation would be ''From the battle place'' it essentially means Warrior to the Celts".
  7. A submission from Tennessee, U.S. says the name Keith means "A Windy Place" and is of Scottish origin.
  8. According to a user from Washington, U.S., the name Keith is of African origin and means "Courageous inquisitive warrior who advocates for the underdog".
  9. A user from Massachusetts, U.S. says the name Keith is of Scottish origin and means "Wood, lumber, forrest".
  10. A user from Georgia, U.S. says the name Keith is of Celtic origin and means "Of the wood".
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Place name in Scotland, probably from a Celtic word meaning "wood", or a forest.

  1. A Scottish surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A town in Moray council area, Scotland.

Keith was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano

Notable Persons Named Keith

Notable Persons Named Keith

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch is a chairman, ceo of news corporation, executive chairman of news corp, ceo of 21st century fox, executive co-chairman of 21st century fox, news corporation, news corp, 21st century fox, ceo ofnews corporation(1979–2013), executive chairman ofnews corp(2013–p. Rupert was given the name Keith Rupert Murdoch by his parents Keith Murdoch and Elisabeth Murdoch (philanthropist) on March 11th, 1931 in Melbourne.

Keith Richards

Keith Richards is a rock music, blues, blues rock, rock, roll, and rhythm musician. He plays Guitar, Fender Telecaster, Gibson Les Paul, Gibson ES-335, Fender Stratocaster, and Epiphone Casino. He was most prominent from 1960 to present. Keith was born on December 18th, 1943 in Dartford, Kent, England.

Keith Urban

Keith Urban is a country pop, pop rock, and country music musician. He was most prominent from 1990 to present. Keith was given the name Keith Lionel Urban on October 26th, 1967 in Whangarei.

Keith Stanfield

Keith Stanfield is an actor, poet, and rap artist. He was most prominent from 2008 to present. Keith was given the name LaKeith Lee Stanfield on August 12th, 1991 in San Bernardino, California, U.S. Keith is also known as Stanfield and LaKeith Lee (full name).

Keith Ellison

Keith Ellison is an office holder. Keith was born on August 4th, 1963 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Keith David

Keith David is an actor, singer, voice artist, comedian, and singing. He has been prominent since 1979. Keith was given the name Keith David Williams on June 4th, 1956 in Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.

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    Sports Announcer
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    Record Producer
  • Keith Moon
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  • Kool Keith
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    Voice Actor

Notable Persons With the Last Name Keith

Notable Persons With the Last Name Keith

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt was a vocal jazz, cabaret, dance music, and torch song musician. She plays Vocals. She was most prominent from 1943 to 2008. Eartha was given the name Eartha Mae Keith on January 17th, 1927 in North, South Carolina. Eartha is also known as Miss Kitt, Mother Eartha, and Kitty. She breathed her last breath on December 25th, 2008.

Brian Keith

Brian Keith was an actor. His career lasted from 1946 to 1946. Brian was given the name Robert Alba Keith by his parent Robert Keith (actor) on November 14th, 1921 in Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S. Brian is also known as Robert Keith and Jr.. He died on June 24th, 1997.

Toby Keith

Toby Keith is a country music musician. His ongoing career started in 1993. Toby was given the name Toby Keith Covel on July 8th, 1961.

David Keith

David Keith is an actor, director, and film director. His ongoing career started in 1978. David was given the name David Lemuel Keith on May 8th, 1954 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Kool Keith

Kool Keith is a hip hop music, alternative hip hop, underground hip hop, horrorcore, experimental hip hop, trip hop, and hardcore hip hop rapping and record producer. He plays Rapping, Keyboard instrument, and Bass guitar. His ongoing career started in 1984. Kool was given the name Keith Matthew Thornton on October 7th, 1966. Kool is also known as Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, Black Elvis, Dr. Ultra, Crazy Lou, and Poppa Large.

Dame Penelope Keith

Dame Penelope Keith is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1959. Dame was given the name Penelope Anne Constance Hatfield on April 2nd, 1940 in Sutton, Surrey, England.


Common last names for Keith

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Martin
  • Clark
  • Nelson
  • Robinson
  • Baker
  • Young

Common first names for Keith

  • James
  • William
  • John
  • Robert
  • Mary
  • Charles
  • George
  • Helen
  • Margaret
  • Thomas
  • Dorothy
  • Donald
  • Ruth
  • Harold
  • Elizabeth
  • Kenneth
  • Joseph
  • Richard
  • Walter
  • David

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Keith U.S.
  White 79.32% 64.26%
  African American 14.52% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.67% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.08% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.13% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.28% 16.26%

Of Last Name Keith

People with the last name Keith are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Keith

  • What name lists does Keith rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Keith? Keith is the 155th most popular name of all time. As a last name Keith was the 718th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Keith have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 437,786 babies born with the first name Keith in the United States. That's more than enough people named Keith to occupy the country of Brunei with an estimated population of 422,700 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Keith? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1888 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Keith first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Keith is Sunday, January 5th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Keith born? The highest recorded use of the first name Keith was in 1957 with a total of 12,426 babies. That's a lot of babies named Keith!
  • Random Keith Factoid: According to the 1957 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Keith ranks 31st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maryland. Imagine that, 239 babies in Maryland have the same name in 1957.
  • Weird things about the name Keith: The name spelled backwards is Htiek. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Hteki. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Keith? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 48,487 people with the last name Keith.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Keith? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 16 of them will have Keith as their last name.
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