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KEYES Family HistoryThis interesting name has an unusual number of verifiable origins, any one of which could be the source of the modern surname. It is an occupational name for a maker of keys or for someone holding the ceremonial office of key-bearer, derived from the Old English pre 7th Century "caeg", key. It can also be a topographical name for one living or working on a wharf, from the Middle English "kay(e)", quay. The Celtic personal name "Cai" or "Key", thought to be from the Roman name "Gaius" or "Caius" is another source, and two nicknames, one from the northern dialect (Middle English) "kay", meaning "jackdaw" and one from the Danish dialect word "kei", left, for a left-handed man, are further possible sources...
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1) Fernando Key Muñoz : Born in Icod de los Vinos (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), 1768 / died in Caracas Venezuela in 1845. Fernando was the first Minister of Finance of Venezuela after it declared its independence from the Spanish crown in 1810 (https://dbe.rah.es/biografias/69575/fernando-key-munoz). Fernando was a son of Diego Key Artachin, born in Kilkenny circa 1719 2) Santiago Key Muñoz (brother of Fernando Key Muñoz) : Born in Icod de los Vinos (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) 1772 / died in 1821. Santiago was a member of the Spanish parliament in Cadiz in 1810 during the Napoleonic occupation of Spain. (https://www.congreso.es/cem/h1810-10) 3) Santiago Key Ayala (direct descendant of Fernando Key Muñoz): Born in Caracas in1874 / died in Caracas in 1959) He was a historian, writer and diplomat, and is considered one of the most important Venezuelan intellectuals from the first half of the 20th century. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santiago_Key_Ayala#cite_note-1) 4) It's worth noting that probably Diego Key Artachin or one of his relations in the Canary Islands is somehow related to Fernando de Castilla y Mendoza, who was a great grand son of queen Leonor de Aragon y Albuquerque, who, in turn, was an aunt of king Fernando II de Aragon (Fernando El Católico) (https://castilla.maxerco.es/getperson.php?personID=I98879&tree=fernandodecastilla) I hope you find this information useful, interesting and verifiable. Kind regards Rodolfo Key PS: What is the best way to find the ancestors of Diego Key Artachin in Ireland? Thank you
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