Recorded in several spelling forms including Kick, Kike, Kikke, and Kix, this unusual name is English, and of Yorkshire origin. It is a locational or topographical surname from residence by one of the two "Kex" rivers in West Yorkshire. The first is a tributary of the River Wharfe and the second of the River Laver, also in West Yorkshire. The meaning of the first element varies. It may describe the 'kex' plant, that is a plant with a dry, hollow stem such as wild chervil, or it could describe a narrow valley where the river ran, in which case the derivation would be from the pre 7th century Norse word "kioss". The surname can also derive from the Norse-Viking personal name "Keikr", meaning "bent backwards", or the Old Danish "Kek", as in East Yorkshire place name "Kexby", the farm of Kex. The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Felix Kike, who married Izabell Elkine at Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, and was dated October 10th 1563. This was during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st of England, 1558 - 1603. Surnames 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.

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  • Kike — (k[imac]k), v. i. [Cf. D. kijken, Sw. kika.] To gaze; to stare. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kike — (k[i^]k), v. t. & i. To kick. [Obs.] Chaucer …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kike — (k[imac]k), n. A derogatory name for a jew, usually intended and taken as disparaging and offensive. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kike — Kike, s. Feuergieke …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • kike — [kaık] n taboo [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: Probably from kiki, from ki, common ending of names of Jews from countries in Eastern Europe] a very offensive word for someone who is Jewish. Do not use this word …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • kike — (n.) derogatory slang for a Jew, by 1901, American English; early evidence supports the belief that it was used at first among German American Jews in reference to newcomers from Eastern Europe, perhaps because the names of the latter ended in ki …   Etymology dictionary

  • kike — [kīk] n. [orig. uncert.] Slang a Jew: a hostile and offensive term …   English World dictionary

  • Kike — For other meanings, see Kike (disambiguation). In modern English language, the word kike (IPA: /ˈkаɪk/) is a pejorative ethnic slur referring to a Jew. In some languages, such as Spanish, this word (pronounced IPA|/ˈkike/) is a given name or… …   Wikipedia

  • kike —    An extremely offensive way of referring to or addressing a Jew. The term is used far more in the USA than Britain, and is of obscure origin. Leo Rosten, in The Joys of Yiddish, derives it from Yiddish kikel, ‘circle’. because illiterate Jewish …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • kike — Kyke Kyke, v. i. [See 1st {Kike}.] To look steadfastly; to gaze. [Obs.] [Written also {kike}, {keke}.] [1913 Webster] This Nicholas sat ever gaping upright, As he had kyked on the newe moon. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English