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OTHER FORMS: Ceanncàithe, Kincathe, Kincaith, Kinkade
CONTRIBUTOR: LMS on 1/17/2016
Meaning & History
Scottish habitational name from a place near Lennoxtown, north of Glasgow, which is first recorded in 1238 as Kincaith
and in 1250 as Kincathe
. The former spelling suggests derivation from Gaelic ceann
‘head’, ‘top’ + càithe
‘pass’, whereas the latter would point to cadha
‘quagmire’ as the second element.