Quay name meaning

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

Meaning and Origin

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

Origin and Meaning of Quay

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Tennessee, U.S. says the name Quay means "Harbor".
  2. A user from the United States says the name Quay means "The greatest".
  3. According to a user from Ohio, U.S., the name Quay is of French origin and means "'Key' or 'wharf'".
  4. According to a user from Florida, U.S., the name Quay means "Dock".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Quay
A mole, bank, or wharf, formed toward the sea, or at the side of a harbor, river, or other navigable water, for convenience in loading and unloading vessels.

Etymology: F. quai. See Key quay

verb Quay
To furnish with quays.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Wharf usually built parallel to the shoreline

The current spelling was adopted in the 1690s to emulate the spelling but not the pronunciation (at least originally) of the equivalent modern French quai. From Middle English kay, key, kaye, keye, from Old French kay, cail, from Gaulish *kagyum, cagiíun (“enclosure”), from Proto-Celtic *kagyom (“pen, enclosure”) (compare Welsh cae (“hedge”)), from Proto-Indo-European *kagʰyóm (“enclosure”).

  1. (nautical) A stone or concrete structure on navigable water used for loading and unloading vessels; a wharf.

quay was also found in the following language(s): Vietnamese

Notable Persons With the Last Name Quay

Notable Persons With the Last Name Quay

The Brothers Quay

The Brothers Quay is a film directors, animators, film director, and animator. The was born on June 17th, 1947 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Matthew Quay

Matthew Quay was a Chairman of the Republican National Committee. He was most prominent from 1901 to 1904. Matthew was born on September 30th, 1833 in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. He breathed his last breath on May 28th, 1904.

Jan de Quay

Jan de Quay was a professor, psychologist, and politician. Jan was given the name Jan Eduard de Quay on August 26th, 1901 in 's-Hertogenbosch. He died on July 4th, 1985.

Minnie Quay


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Quay U.S.
  White 88.13% 64.26%
  African American 1.88% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.89% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 5.63% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.07% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name Quay

People with the last name Quay are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Quay

  • How Popular is the name Quay? Quay is the 19,771st most popular name of all time. As a last name Quay was the 22,856th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Quay have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 379 babies born with the first name Quay in the United States. That's more than enough people named Quay to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Quay? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Quay first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Quay is Monday, March 29th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Quay born? The highest recorded use of the first name Quay was in 1971 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Quay: The name spelled backwards is Yauq. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Aquy. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Quay? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,120 people with the last name Quay.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Quay? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Quay as their last name since less than 1 person in 263k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Quay name meaning

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