Last name: Hayes

This distinguished and ancient surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from any one of a number of places called "Hayes". Hayes in Kent, recorded as "Hese" in the 1168 Pipe Rolls, and in Middlesex, recorded as "Hesa" in the Domesday Book of 1086, derive from the Olde English pre 7th Century "haes", brushwood or underwood. Hayes in Devonshire and Dorset is the plural of the Olde English "(ge)horg" an enclosure, or "hege" a hedge. Locational surnames were developed when former inhabitants of a place moved to another area, usually to seek work, and were best identified by the name of their birthplace. The surname is first recorded in the late 12th Century (see below), and can also be found as Heyes and Hease. Henry Heyse is noted in the Chartulary of Ramsey Abbey, Cambridgeshire (1240). Agnes Hayes married Willmus Smallrydge on October 18th 1543, in Devon. One Martin Hayes, together with his wife and child, is recorded as living in the Barbados in 1680; he was one of the earliest settlers in the New World. There are no less than nineteen Coats of Arms granted to this illustrious family. One granted to the Hayes family in Middlesex is blue, on a gold pale three black bulls heads couped. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugh de la Heise, which was dated 1197, in the "Eynsham Cartulary of Oxfordshire", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. 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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M J Hayes
i do know that Isaac had a brother

M J Hayes
I know of 3 brothers from Tipperary a William/John and James who move to upper canada in 1835 there dad was a Isaac hayes from Tipperary dont know of the rest of the flam yet but looking

D Hayes
Hello. I am a Hayes from Melbourne, Australia. My family goes back at least 4 generations right here in Melbourne. I have not managed to get any further back than yet.

Andy Hayes
My family tree goes back to Oxfordshire, England about 1577. The Hayes' according to records there and later after coming to The States in 1705 to Pennsylvania and later spreading to Ohio, Indiana and Kanas. In most cases, The Hayes' were farmers until about 1940 when my grandfather's generation left the farm to pursue other careers. There is a carpenter, carrer military, and some tailor's mixed in and about. I was told in my youth that Hayes meant "keeper of the hedges" and the name was of English origin. Maybe it's related to farming after all from way back then in Britain.

I come from Ballintubber in Co. Mayo and we believe that we are the only original Hayes family in Mayo

Charles Weaver
Interesting to find info on Irish Hayes! So from what I've read so far from you Hayes in Ireland... there are Hayes in and around Tipperary and Southern Ireland? I have been doing research on my Mother's side of the family and my Great Great Grandfather Joseph O'Dwyer from Tipperary (naturally the stronghold of the O'Dwyers!) married a Bridget Hayes. Bridget's father was named John Hayes born 1811 in Ireland... but I'm not sure where exactly John was born... or Bridget... other than they were Irish. I'm assuming Bridget Hayes was born in Southern Ireland (possibly Tipperary) seeing how she met Joseph in Ireland and they came over to the States and married in New York. I see that Francis Hayes said his family has been in Tipperary for generations? You might be a long lost relative if Bridget Hayes was also from Tipperary. That would make sense because I doubt Joseph would have traveled very far from home in Tipperary to find a wife! My Mom's side is the Irish-Scottish connection... I'm still researching my Dad's side!

Maria Hayes
Hi, our Hayes family originate from Ireland also - my grandfather is from Limerick, my grandmother from Corofin in Co Clare. She was originally an Egan, and they are related to the Crowe family.

You may also want to look in Wikipedia for some information on the surname Hayes.

I am a descendant of Hayes my mother's mother was a Hayes. I live in Canada and my ancestors were very popular and well liked in Armstrong, British Columbia. As a matter of fact there are books etc about the Hayes family in Armstrong. You may want to check some of that information. My grandmother was born Alice Mary Hayes, after her second marriage which was to Walter Reynolds Coxe, her name was Alice Mary Coxe. My grandmother and her family are from Armstrong, British Columbia. I do know that they are descendants from England as I have been told while growing up. I was also told that the Hayes in Armstrong are pretty much like royalty there. I had started to research that information but some things in my life took a turn for the worst and I hadn't looked up anything about family, ancestors, family genealogy or family tree since then (mid 2000) until now. I also have a few names to get information from in the Armstrong region I just have to find which box it is in to start my search there again. I hope what little information I have posted here has helped a few of you as I know there are a lot of people with the last name Hayes.

Hi , my Great Uncle was Thomas Newman Hayes, who emmigrated to canada and settled in Armstrong BC , he was married to Lydia Hayes, they had several Children , and lived on a large ranch in Armstrong , there is now a nature reserve named in his memory The Thomas hayes ecological preserve was created from his ranchlands, they visited the UK on several occasions , he was a town councilar and there is a road named after him in Armstrong too !


I remember Great Aunt Lydia! We visited her several times while Great Grandma Hayes lived with her. Thanks for the info on the Ecological Preserve - will have to check that out next time I head through the Okanagan.

Martin Hayes
My name is Martin Hayes ,the same as the famous fiddle player from county Clare,i live in Macclesfield cheshire and so have my family for at least four generations

Melissa Hayes
I am having a lot of trouble finding any information on my father's side of the family. My father was Randy Martin Hayes, and his father's name was Martin Hayes. I believe Martin Hayes was born and/or raised in Kentucky, possibly southern Ohio. As my father's mother was married several times, my father was her only son with Martin. I would love any information anyone could pass along!

Colin Hayes
I was born in London and have traced my family back to a Christopher Hayes who was born in Bollington Cheshire in 1815. I have relatives in America and Canada I believe. My fathers cousin was Lord Alfred Hayes a famous wrestler in America during the 1960's and then a commentator during the 70's and 80's

malachi hayes

I hope I'm related to Herman Hesse. His book Steppenwolf, somehow changed me as a kid. Genetic disposition in a personality trait sense is something I'm curious about.

Dave Hayes
My name is Hayes. My family is originally from County Cork. During the Famine, my great, great grandfather emigrated to the USA and settled in New Orleans.

My great grandfather is Daniel Hayes from County Cork. Emigrated to Argentina during the famine and settled in Buenos Aires, married to Mary Callaghan who was born in 1823.

Francis Hayes
My name is Hayes and hail from Tipperary in the South of Ireland. Hayes is a very common name in Munster and my gaelic name is O'hAodha. Our family have always lived in Tipperary, as far back as we can trace records and that is several generations. The O'Hea is a detrivative of Hayes and I believe is common in Northern Ireland and Scotland. There are Hayes' in Leinster but I believe that they are of the Anglo-Norman stock, i.e. de la Haye.

justin hayes
you are right tez. it is a very common name in limerick, particularly around the kilfinane area where the cemeteries have generations and generations of hayes'.

So we can say there are two "Hayes" origins: 1. Anglo Saxon. 2. Gaelic (Irish)? Im a Hayes and have always believed my ancestors were from County Limerick.

Ha im a hayes from limerick!so.are all my relatives

steve hayes
I am a Hayes from England but my father was born in Tipperary (Michael Francis Hayes)

Alexandria Giddings (Hayes)
Hello- last name was Hayes before getting married. Don't know much about my family history. My fathers name is Marty Hayes and his fathers name is Gerald Hayes & that's all I know. From what I know last few generations have been born and raised in Michigan...any help would be amazing, thank you!

Amber Osborne
My mother was a Hayes and I plan on changing my last name to Hayes since I'm so strongly connected with that side of my family. We've traced our family history back quite a bit. When I have the info in front of me, I might be able to find a better link. I know we have family in Michigan, and I lived there for several years myself. However, most of my family is from the south. (Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky) I would love to try to research even further back to see where our Hayes family came from before we were in the U.S.


I'm not even sure you will check this, seeing you posted 11 months ago, but I'm a Hayes from NC, and I've been doing some research on my family's history. Do you think there might be a link there? Thanks.

Felicia Hayes

My last name is Hayes most of my family is from Louisiana


I'm not even sure you will check this, seeing you posted 11 months ago, but I'm a Hayes from NC, and I've been doing some research on my family's history. Do you think there might be a link there? Thanks.


Oops.... I meant to relpy to a specific person. My bad haha.

Seth Hayes

Olivia, did you say you are from North Carolina? My grandfather was born and raised in Franklinton, North Carolina. I have quite a bit of family still there today. I wonder if we might be kin?

Ken Hayes

I think we are Scot-norman and the land we lived in both places I believe

Nancy Griger

Looking for Henry Hayes 1858 Wales England Wife Hazard