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- As a Scottish surname, from the placename in Scotland, from Scottish Gaelic Chèith, Cèith, probably from a Brythonic/Celtic word meaning "wood", or a forest, from Proto-Brythonic *koɨd. However, compare gaoth (“wind, breeze”).
- As a German surname, from Middle High German kit (“sprout, offspring”) (compare kint).
- (countable) A Scottish surname.
- (countable) A male given name transferred from the surname.
- A placename.
- 1815 Sir Walter Scott: The Lord of the Isles:
- Behind them, screened in sheltering wood,
- The gallant Keith, Lord Marshal, stood:
- His men-at-arms bear mace and lance,
- And plumes that wave, and helms that glance.
- 2005 Andrew L. Brown: Overcoming Adversity: Your Dreams Matter. →ISBN page 35:
- My middle name, Keith, is music to my ears. It's like jazz on a cool summer night. My very closest family members call me Keith for short.
- a male given name from the Celtic languages