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The family trees on this site contain over 283 family names 3188 separate people records with 149 
photos. Within its pages you will find many interesting people, Bus Company owners, Mill Managers, 
Birdhole of Bury residents, owners of Entwistle Hall, Turton and surrounding areas.  Others up & 
down the line of ancestry branches  are jewellers/silversmiths,  a cotton mill owner of Wapping 
Street, Darwen and apparently a bit of a rogue, an influential family of  paper mill and paper 
printing owners, councillor and Mayor of Darwen, a Coach Builder who became Co Founder of Blackburn 
Rovers Football Club, Co Founder Football Leagues,  Referee FA also known as the “Prince of 
Referees”, International referee, Boot & Shoe manufacturing, Mayor of Horwich, right down to the 
present day.  Here you find the owners of the prestigious jewellers BOODLES (Boodle & Dunthorn), 
the Principal of the prestigious Langlands Boarding School, Chitral, Hindu Kush, Pakistan near to 
the border with Afghanistan who also teach girls thus suffering from sexual and racial tensions 
that exist in the area at present and best selling writer and international journalist.  A Priest 
with a 1600 square kilometre parish in Australia, land owners in Canada Australia and Kenya, the 
first family to grow pineapples in Kenya supplying the once famous Delmonte brand and all the tea 
that PG Tips could take, the person who established the first artificial ice plant in Williamstown, 
Massachusetts, USA, and many more.

Surnames or last names became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.


A study into the most common names in Britain revealed that Bolton has more people called KAY than in any other place in Britain and coming in at 333rd in the list of common names. Originally an old Norse name, its definition is a key-maker or key-bearer, or it can be used to describe someone living by a wharf or quay "Gaius”.

Pre 7th century word "caeg" meaning key. It has also a Celtic origin from the Welsh "Cai" or the Cornish "Key" a name borne by the boastful brother of King Arthur legend. Again it could be from the Old Norse "ka" meaning Jackdaw and hence used to describe someone who bore a fancied resemblance to a bird. Finally it may the nickname for a left-handed man, from the Danish "kei" meaning left which was borrowed in the 13th century into the dialects of Lancashire and Cheshire. The name has been found in the Pipe rolls for Northumbria where Britus Filius Kay is recorded in1199. Cecilia de Kay in the Pipe rolls for Gloucestershire in the same year. London Pipe rolls of 1207 records a John del Cay and it is more than likely that the name was well established in Britain long before the Norman Conquest.

Some of the first settlers in Virinia, America in 1677 James Kay; Johnathan Kay, a Minister who arrived in Maryland in 1711; Edward Kaye received a land grant in Virginia in 1724.

SOME FAMOUS KAYS Alan Kay, American computer scientist and visionary Alexander Kay, British television presenter Andrew Kay, American computer company CEO Antony Kay, English footballer (see also Tony Kay below) Barry Kay, Australian ballet designer Beatrice Kay, American actress Ben Kay, English rugby player Bernard Kay, British actor Billy Kay, Scottish writer Chris Kay, American wrestling referee Connie Kay, American jazz drummer Crystal Kay, J-pop singer David Kay, American scientist Dianne Kay, American actress Doug Kay, football coach Elizabeth Kay, British writer Guy Gavriel Kay, Canadian fantasy writer Hadley Kay, Canadian voice actor Ian Kay, British convicter murderer Jackie Kay, British poet and author James Ellsworth De Kay, American zoologist James Phillips Kay-Shuttleworth, British physician and politician Jason Kay, British singer Jay Kay (Jamiroquai) John Kay, one of several people including John Kay (flying shuttle) (1704–1780), English inventor of textile machinery, notably the flying shuttle John Kay (spinning frame) (17??–17??), English developer of textile machinery, notably the spinning frame (not the same as John Kay immediately above) John Kay (caricaturist) (1742–1826), Scottish caricaturist Sir John Kay (judge) (1943–2004), British High Court judge John Kay (musician) (1944– ), musician and lead singer of Canadian rock band Steppenwolf John Kay (poet) (14th century), English poet laureate John Kay (economist)]] (1948– ), Scottish economist, Financial Times columnist and author John Kay (journalist) (1944– ), British journalist on Rupert Murdoch's The Sun Johnny Kay, Johnny Kay of Bill Haley & the Comets was a stage name. His birth name is John Kaciuban, and is of Ukrainian origin. Joseph Kay, British economist Karina Kay, American porn actress Kathie Kay, Scottish singer Kay Kay, Indian playback singer Kelly Kay, British model Lesli Kay, American actress Lily E. Kay, historian of science Marshall Kay, American geologist Melody Kay, American actress Michael Kay, American radio personality Neal Kay, British DJ Norman Kay, British composer Paul Kay, American linguist Peter Kay, British comedian Ray Kay, Norwegian film director Steven M Kay, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island and a leading expert in signal processing. Sonny Kay, American record label owner Sumela Kay, Canadian actress Susan Kay, writer Tess Kay, British television presenter Tess Daly Tony Kay, English footballer (see also Antony Kay above) Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth, 1st Baron Shuttleworth Ulysses Kay, American composer Vanessa Kay, American model and actress Vernon Kay, British television presenter William Frederic Kay, Canadian politician
CARTER Carter This is an old ancient name, thought to be originally derived from the Celtic word "cairt" meaning "cart". It is an occupational surname for a transporter of goods, with an elaborate history and derivation. There are four sources for the word, from the Latin "carettarius", from "carrum"; from the Old Norman French "caretier", surviving in modern French surnames such as "cartier", from the Middle English (cart(e)", derived from the Old Norse "kartr" or the Olde English "craet" and finally from the Olde French "charetier", charioteer. All four of these sources have been merged to form the modern English surnames Carter and Charter.

Nicholas le Carter appears in the Oxfordshire Hundred Rolls of 1273. On September 6th 1549, Edmond, son of James Carter was christened at St. Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, London. The marriage of Elsabethe Carter and William Evans took place at St. Margaret's, Westminster, London on July 17th 1553, and Agnes Carter was christened at the same place in January 1556. One Robert Carter was a passenger on the "Mayflower", the ship that carried the Pilgrim Fathers to New England in 1620. A very early Coat of Arms granted to a Carter family depicts two gold lions rampant combatant on a black shield.

The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Rannulf le Caretier, which was dated 1192 - 1193, in the "Pipe Rolls of Huntingdonshire", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199.

Getting Around
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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