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Origins of Key name
Posted by: Christopher Key (ID *****5491) Date: April 05, 2011 at 21:50:09
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I am new here and am just trying to get my bearings. Here's what I know: my father was Dudley Key, born in San Frencisco, son of Albert Henry Key, born in Toronto, Ontario. His wife was Catherine Key, nee Goodyear, born in Folkestone, England. Beyond that, I know nothing. Any help would be appreciated.

I have heard stories from my ancestors about the origins of the Key name. One story is that it originated in Scotland as MacKey, Mackey, Mackie, McKay, etc.

But I have also become aware of Ellen Key, an early feminist from Sweden. Key doesn't sound like a Swedish name, so where does that come from?

I have some knowledge of the Key family history in Maryland and would be happy to share that, but you may be way ahead of me here.

Thanks for any help you can give.

Rev. Christopher Key

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