Meaning and Origin
What does the name Quay mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
User Submitted Origins
User Submitted Meanings
- A submission from Tennessee, U.S. says the name Quay means "Harbor".
- A user from the United States says the name Quay means "The greatest".
- According to a user from Ohio, U.S., the name Quay is of French origin and means "'Key' or 'wharf'".
- According to a user from Florida, U.S., the name Quay means "Dock".
Etymology: F. quai. See Key quay
- 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”).
- (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