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Origin: Welsh
Meaning: Forest

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Keith

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Keith in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Keith:

  • Records indicate that 430,631 boys in the United States have been named Keith since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1957, when 12,420 people in the U.S. were given the name Keith. Those people are now 63 years old.

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    Comments about the name Keith

    92% Approval Rating
    Based on the comments submitted below
      35 Positive Comments

  • "Keith is a really awesome name, my dads middle name was Keith, my middle name is Keith, my son has the middle name of Keith, and my grandson has the middle name of Keith." Aug. 3, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I get called Keefie a lot - thats OK. But al lot of people misspell it as Kieth which is odd as that is not as common as Keith" May. 28, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My father's name was Keith, and after he passed I always said if I had a son I would name him that. So now I have a 7 year old named Keith Xavier." Aug. 17, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Goin on 40 years with this name now... coolest rhyming word... and my nickname in various circles... Keiff!" May. 23, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey all you Keiths out there, I got Keithy as a kid alot. Kevin all the time and for some reason many mistake my name for Eric. On the phone they always hear me say Pete." May. 6, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "just tell them.keith speels keith and kieth spells kieth there two diff words" Nov. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name and think its awesome. The whole Kevin and queef thing is so true but I feel better now because I know I'm not alone!" Nov. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Keith. I've got lots of cousins and friends named Keith. It is the best name in the world. I have been called Kevin and Richard(s). My cousin Richard and I have the same last name and I have been associated with Keith Richards." Nov. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Keith. I never really thought about it...just always been Keith. It is misspelled quite often as Kieth. That was interesting when signing a mortgage...apparantly several creditors recorded my name with the misspelling. I knew several Keiths growing up but have not run into many lately." Sep. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm gonna be honest... I love my name, hated growing up. Found out what a "queef" was at a very young age. Oh, and I say it means "the loud wind, whispering through the trees of a battlefield, long quiet."" Jun. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love it. I'm having a baby girl so can't use it but its set aside for the first born son." Sep. 24, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love it. Its short,manly and to the point! KEITH!!!" Aug. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My middle name is Keith, which since birth, my family has referred to me as Keith. First name just "David"- dule. My son, my wife nad I namde Keith Matthew. I'm quite proud of the name Keith, as you can tell." Aug. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a big brother named Keith hes 23 and it fits him really good no matter what age im glad my mom went with Keith instead of Mark (=" Jan. 24, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brothers name was Keith. He was extremely handsome, athletic and very popular. Tragically he died one week before his 23rd birthday. I always loved his name, so when I had a baby boy I named him after my brother. My son's name is perfect! In many ways my Keith is like his uncle Keith. I feel very blessed. To me Keith is a strong name and I love it!" Dec. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Keith is my middle name and for a long time I liked it more than my first name. But that has changed over the years and now that I'm older (at 34) I like both my first and middle names just the same. Keith is cool!" Oct. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "The 4th comment incorrectly states Keith is Welsh. It is derived from the clan Keith which is Scottish." Aug. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "KEITH Origin: Scottish A good name but it's not Welsh. There's a place in Scotland called Keith & also a place called Keith in Australia." Jul. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is keith and i think its very original and cool :)" May. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my brothers name is Keith and he is the best brother ever!! I love him and his name :D" May. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Keith. It's Welsh. Means Nature, Forest, Strength. Wish you all well." Apr. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My dad's name is Keith and I wouldn't want it any other way. He rocks,and I think his name sounds really cool." Mar. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "hey thats whats up my boo name is keith but everybody calls him keiffy... his name is so sexc...." Nov. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Dads name is Keith and it is a very cool name. I think that anyway. He is sometimes annoying acctually that is all the time annoying!!! My Dad has met a few people with the name Keith." Jul. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's name is Keith. It's a little ole fashioned but that suits him. Don't hear of any new babies these days called Keith." Jan. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it's a great name. (It's my name too!) The only downfall is often on the phone, people will call you "Pete" or "Steve"." Dec. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I married Keith. To me Keith means handsome, strong, calm, and kind. I love his name." Jul. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and i have not met many others that have it. Most people pronounce it correctly but they often mispell it. Spelling it Kieth and as we all know it is Keith. Thanks Keith" Jul. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Keith has been good to me as a name, in that it's not too common, yet not too obscure. Often, upon first meeting people, they will call me "Kevin" instead of Keith, perhaps because Kevin is more common and the "Ke" sticks with them. I have heard from other Keiths that this is the case. Besides frequent "ie-ei" mispellings, Keith is a pretty solid name." Jun. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name, My father gave it to me and I have only met like 3 other people with it, it makes me feel unique" Jun. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Keith is a rockin' name! people sometimes spell it Kieth, because of that silly rule, but k is c in scottish, so it works.... Not too many people have it, and it's simple and sexy." Jun. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "People have not problems pronouncing the name "Keith", it is the spelling of the name that gets everyone. I usually get "Kieth"" Apr. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Keith is my son's name. My wife and I chose the name for its Celtic/Welsh origin, meaning, and rarity today in the U.S. Most people seem to like the name. A common misspelling is reversing the e and the i." Apr. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Being a Keith born in the 80's has been a good experience. There aren't too many of us, so it's been rare that I was in a situation where there were multiple Keiths. Also, it's a very uniquely spelled name (Welsh I believe)--many people don't realize that the e comes before the i (unusual), and one-syllable K names are uncommon. Very few names end in th, as well. Overall it has been an enjoyable name to have, though nickname options are somewhat limited or nonexistant. All of the nicknames I've had in my life have been unrelated to my first name." Dec. 22, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Most people pronounce it fine when they aren't calling me Kevin or Kyle. I get that a lot. So much in fact that I tend to answer to all three without thinking." Nov. 28, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "i have spent my life in fear of kieths. its been t h r e e y e a r s since i last left my house. i know theres one who lives down the road. i see him outside sometimes, prowling, waiting, watching. he knows he knows HE KNOWS. stay inside. stay safe. never trust a kieth. never never never. i pray for each and every one of us. someday we shall reclaim the world. i hope and i wait" Mar. 26, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't like it, the simplicity of it. This is my name, and have been attempting to go by my middle name, but it never sticks. It seems odd, but in a bad way. I know I know, all the "cool handed Keith's, Keith Black (HEMI) Keith Richards, Keith Urban, but still....too butch, too almost retro, slope on the brink of being "bad ugly"." Jan. 6, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've been Keith for a fair few years, it's an all right name, but I get a lot of being called other names, especially Kevin, the comment about that made me laugh. In fact both of you who commented on origins are correct, Keith is associated with forests in welsh roots of the word, but it is also a well accepted Scottish name, just remember both have their own connections in ancient language." Dec. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      14 Neutral Comments

  • "I named my son Keith in 1995 because It wasn't very popular like Michael or Matthew and was cool and strong sounding. I love K names. I told him that I named him after Keith Hernandez and Partridge 🤣 I figured my son would be the only one in his school. Wrong. He had another boy named Keith every year in his class and in his camp cabin. The other Keith went by his last name while my son went by Keith. Also it's a one syllable name and our last name has 11 letters and 4 syllables 😡" Jul. 13, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Keith and have always been called by most everything except "Keith". Keefus, Keister, Kebo,Keefauver, Kent, Kevin, Mr. Keith, Mr. Campbell, Kyle, Keef, Keithy etc. I think it has something to do with being one syllable. I have asked many others named Keith if they experience something like this and ALL said "yes" but didn't know why." Jun. 29, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My great uncle's name was Keith. Haven't met many other Keith's. I get Keithy, Keitho, queef, ALL the time, plus people wanting to spell it Kieth (although a guy i knew DID spell his name that way. Half the people i met in college just called me Kevin so i just went by that. Haha it's an alright name i guess." Dec. 21, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Get a lot of being called Kevin, after introducing myself as Keith. :)" Jun. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've been a "Keith" since 1938. My parents chose the name because it was different and I've always liked it. I didn't run into another Keith until well after my high school years, then, Keiths everywhere. Probably named after a few rock stars. Now, things seem to be getting back to normal. Good." May. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Borne by Keith Moon of The Who, in which he was drummer. Unfortunately, he had gone to an early grave in 1978, when he died of a drugs overdose aged 32 years." Apr. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name Keith,except that some people don`t know how to pronounce it.but i really like the name.I get a baby boy, i will name him that name.thanks" Apr. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 23 yr old son is Keith. Believe it or not in 2nd grade there were THREE Keiths in his class! I don't know that he runs into very many now. I don't. I LOVE THE NAME!" Feb. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I dated a man named Keithen. I love that name. He was a good guy!" Nov. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name because it's my husband's, but it's definitely a difficult one to find a nickname for, which can be a positive or negative depending on your preferences!" Aug. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Keith. He is now 7.5 months old but ever since he was born, people call him Baby Keith. I think it's because Keith is a one-syllable name." May. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "People misspell it all the time....They should remember...I before E except after C, or when sounding like A as in neighbor and weigh or just after K." Nov. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "The comment above it totally correct!! I work in radio and I call myself "kid" just to get away from the confusion." May. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "People always spell it wrong. What they learn in grammar school- i before e except after c is most likely the culprit." May. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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