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Keith sounds like such a nice name to me, I have heard my friend say it was old-man like, but I think it’s still usable considering how many Hazels, Mabels, Oswalds and Walters we have now and it sounds like a strong and rough, but good on the inside type of guy (Maybe it’s because I’ve seen Voltron Legendary Defender).
DanielRivera  5/18/2018
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A famous bearer is Keith Ape (real name – Lee Dongheon), a South Korean rapper and hip hop artist.
Jay Reagan  2/21/2018
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This is a great name. It is a strong, masculine and handsome name. I'm female and I really like this name for a man.
― Anonymous User  2/8/2018
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Alexander Keith's brewery in Halifax, Canada, founded in 1820, is among the oldest commercial breweries in North America. Bar patrons ordering the beer on tap will often just ask for a "Keith's" rather than saying the full name.

The brewery was founded by and named for Scottish born Canadian politician, Alexander Keith (October 5, 1795 – December 14, 1873). He was the 4th Mayor of Halifax from 1852–1853 and President of the Legislative Council of Nova Scotia from 1867–1873.

His nephew, Alexander "Sandy" Keith, Jr. (1827–1875) was a notorious criminal and Confederate agent during the American Civil War.
Feorsteorra  12/9/2017
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A shame no one brought up Keith Haring. He was a street artist and LGBT activist, probably most known for his graffiti that focused on the AIDS crisis, spreading awareness and support for the victims, which included many of his friends and eventually himself.
― Anonymous User  8/17/2017
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My husband's family had a baby names book when he was growing up that listed the meanings "soothsayer" and "teller of the truth" for the name 'Keith', also claiming it had a German root. He of course grew up believing this to be the meaning of his name and was somewhat confused by the (probable) meaning listed here.

Some Googling shows a possible connection to the German suffix '-keit' (pronounced like the English word "kite"), specifically as it appears in the German words 'Wirklichkeit' ("reality") and 'Richtigkeit' ("correctness"), both of which can apparently be used in certain circumstances as a translation of the English word 'truth'.

The suffix '-keit' actually originates from a sort of misspelling of the suffix '-heit' (pronounced like the English "height"), a wrong segmentation of two suffixes when '-heit' followed '-ec'. The suffix '-heit' is usually equivalent to the English '-ty' and '-ness' and ultimately derives from the Proto-Germanic '*haiduz' (“personality, character, manner, way”) which in turn derives from the Proto-Indo-European '*(s)kayt-' or '*(s)kaydʰ-' (“clear, bright, shining”).

Of course... in all my digging, I also happened to stumble upon the interesting tidbit that the English word "truth" comes from the Proto-Indo-European *drū- (“tree”), which is essentially the same as the listed meaning here of the Brythonic element 'cet' ("wood"). It's entirely possible that is the link. This is also, as far as I can tell, also the root for (or at least closely related to) the word 'druid'.
Feorsteorra  8/2/2017
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Actually, Toby Keith's full name is Toby Keith Covel, so 'Keith' is actually his middle name.
Feorsteorra  8/2/2017
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Keith Jasper Agovida is a Filipino professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Miguel Beermen of the Philippine Basketball Association. He was drafted 34th overall by Blackwater Elite in the 2014 PBA draft.
cutenose  3/1/2017
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Keith Edward Gretzky is the assistant general manager of the Edmonton Oilers. He is one of the brothers of ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. Keith was promoted to Director of Amateur Scouting for the Phoenix Coyotes on July 12, 2006, after serving the previous five seasons as an amateur scout for both the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League. He was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL, and though he attended two training camps and played in several pre-season games, he never played a regular-season game for them. He is a former director of Amateur Scouting for the Boston Bruins.
cutenose  2/25/2017
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The name Keith to me means the most beautiful whirlwind of an adventure... viva all the 'Keiths'...
annon annonus  6/8/2015
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Not really a big fan of these kinds of names. Rather dull and short.
― Anonymous User  5/23/2015
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Keith is STRONG and MANLY. I like it and think it should be classic, not just trendy.
― Anonymous User  2/8/2015
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Keith is a character from Voltron. He is the leader of the Voltron Force, pilot of Black Lion, and wore a red uniform in the original series (following Super Sentai tradition of the leader wearing red).
PinkJazzX  12/16/2014
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Keith Floyd was a British celebrity chef, TV personality and restaurateur.
― Anonymous User  7/23/2014
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My youth director's name is Keith and everyone in the youth group thinks he's awesome. I've never heard anyone say a bad word about him. He's really nice, humble, funny, sincere... and he's just one of the most wonderful people you could meet. I think that's affected my view of the name. I can't really picture the name on a baby, though.
― Anonymous User  5/15/2013
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Family Guy was correct when they say this was the most unattractive name in history because it sucks like really bad.
555jazzy  7/30/2012
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Welsh variants of this name are: Keath, Keithon.
Wynter  9/22/2010
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The gorgeous and very talented American actor Keith Hamilton Cobb.
Just Jonquil  7/25/2009
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A member of the group Celtic Thunder is Keith Harkin.
― Anonymous User  11/27/2008
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A famous bearer is Keith Murray, lead singer and guitarist for American indie rock band We Are Scientists.
― Anonymous User  5/17/2008
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I just don't like the sound of this name. The only name with the 'th' sound I can think of right now that sounds nice to me is Ethan. Besides, this rhymes with 'teeth'.
slight night shiver  4/25/2008
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I was born in Dublin at two in the morning during the worst storm in living memory, I am told I was named Keith because it was Gaelic for The Wind in English.

I found the Irish word Goath (the wind) which may be a source. Perhaps Gaelic “o” is sometimes sounded as “e” and “a” as “i”. Also I don’t believe there’s a “k” in Gaelic – hope this helps. The Scots wood idea seems intriguing – maybe their word for the sound of the wind in the trees?

So here’s a thought - if you’re fond of a Keith, no matter where you are the wind will whisper his name.
fitz  1/10/2008
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Apologies the word (Irish) “Gaoth” not "Goath" is wind. This from a Scottish – English online dictionary:

[gaoth] nf. G. Gaoithe; d. Gaoith; pl.+an, wind : gaoth tuath, north wind : gaoth deas, south wind : gaoth an ear, east wind : gaoth an iar, west wind.

This from a Scottish Gaelic pronunciation guide: g -velar (with tongue to soft part at the back of the roof of your mouth) for example, like the s in English so the “g” can sound like the “k” that doesn’t exist in written Gaelic (Gàidhlig)

I believe the “ao” dipthong is pronounced “ee” in Irish, so I’m pretty sure we’re close enough.

One thing I am sure of is this – I was given the name 50 years ago and I been blown all over the world ever since.
fitz  1/10/2008
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Emily Keith was the first ever US Miss.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2007
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This is my Dad's name, and frankly, it's the only name in my immediate family that I really like. By immediate family, I mean the one I had growing up. While the name's not terribly unusual, it's not terribly trendy anymore, and never became popular to the point of over-kill. Some people think it's dated, but I disagree. Today would be a good time to use the name Keith for a baby because it's not as fashionable as it was 30-40 years ago.
afmastro  11/16/2007
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Two-Bit Matthews from "The Outsiders" real name is Keith.
darry_curtis  5/19/2007
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A famous bearer is talk show host Keith Ablow.
christianchick07  4/13/2007
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A famous bearer is country music hottie Keith Anderson.
― Anonymous User  4/13/2007
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I don't like this name, honestly. To me it sounds like a big mean prison guard. Though Keith Urban isn't too bad.
sithar  3/2/2007
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This is probably the coolest name in the whole world.
7up  2/4/2007
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Keith Green is a Christian music artist.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2006
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I love the name Keith! I especially love The Who's drummer Keith Moon. He's insanely good. Too bad he died.
pink_floyd_fan  8/25/2006
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Keith Urban is Australian, but sings country music in the US. How cool is that?
― Anonymous User  4/4/2006
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Famous bearer is Keith Jarrett, an American jazz pianist.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2006
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It is Toby Keith's last name.
amber monkey  3/16/2006
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I am a Keith and know a few namesakes. The best are Keith Richards and Keith Moon - rock n roll legends! The sad ones are Keith Chegwin (now famed for his naked, drunken escapades) and Keith Harris (famed for his hand being lodged firmly up a duck's behind for the last 3 decades). Many a fictional Keith - most recently the big fat sad bloke in the office. Oh the shame. Cheers for finding my name SEXY and SMART. If only everyone felt that way.
― Anonymous User  3/14/2006
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David Cassidy played Keith Partridge on "The Partridge Family" T.V. show.
breakofday  12/21/2005
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Keith Richards is a famous rock star in The Rolling Stones.
― Anonymous User  12/17/2005
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Keith is such a powerful name, it is beautiful and heavenly. All the Keiths I've ever met were handsome and headstrong and had great charisma, intellect, and personality. This is a truly blessed name, full of life, love and destiny, all the raves to this name!
respect101  6/21/2005
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I cannot imagine Keith being a bad person. Maybe it's just because someone I know is a nice person, but I'd never choose this name for a bad man in a story.
― Anonymous User  4/15/2005
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The name Keith to me means STRONG, SEXY, SMART, FUNNY, ATHELTIC, and sounds like a name of an angel.
― Anonymous User  2/11/2005

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