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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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.

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

M J Hayes
i do know that Isaac had a brother

I come from a Hayes family that has a multi volume genealogy that traces lineage back to Normandy (De La Haye) and the subsequent conquering of Scotland. Then to the position of Lord High Constable of Scotland. With part of the family coming to the American Colonies very, very early on. The name has evolved quite a bit!

Wanro Hayes
My great great great grandfather came to South Africa in 1855, Robert Charles Hayes. I am 5th gen Hayes in here in South Africa and is loving it!

P Hayes
This misses off the Irish side of the name - O hAodha being anglicised to O'Hay in the West of Ireland before becoming Hayes. From wikipedia: In Ireland, Hayes originated as a Gaelic polygenetic surname "O hAodha", meaning descendant of Aodh ("fire"), or of Aed, an Irish mythological god. Septs in most counties anglicised "O hAodha" to "Hayes". In County Cork, it became "O'Hea". In County Ulster, it became "Hughes", the patronymic of Hugh, an anglicized variant of the given name Aodh. Hayes is noted on a public record in County Wexford as early as 1182. In County Cork, under the Munster providence, Hayes falls under the banner of the McNamara clan in the Dalcassian Sept. Other Irish Hayeses have also been associated with Clan Cian, the ruling O'Carroll clan of southern Ireland