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Where did the Scottish Haye family come from? What is the Scottish Haye family crest and coat of arms? When did the Haye family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Haye family history?

The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Haye. It comes from in ancient chronicles where the tradition relating this distinguished Pictish family of Hay begins during an attack by the Danes in the reign of Kenneth III of Scotland in 980. The defeated Scottish army retired through a narrow pass near Lochnarty in Perthshire which was later defended by a local farmer and his two sons. Upbraiding the retiring Scottish army, the farmer rallied the retreating Scottish and eventually defeated the Danes. The King rewarded the family with many grants of land including the Carse of Gowrie on the River Tay, traditionally marked by the limit of a falcon's flight, six miles in length. There is a monument still extant called the Falcon's Stone marking the falcon's place of rest.

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Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Haye has appeared Hay, Haye, Haya, Mac Garaidh (Gaelic) and others.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, but looking further back we find Hay family of Normandy was of considerable rank and importance in the year 823 AD. Significantly, the family held a Coat of Arms from ancient times that consisted of three red shields on a silver background. They also held many baronies, including the Castle and Barony of La Hai-du-puits in Coutances from whence the Sire-de-la-haie came. He accompanied Duke William of Normandy in his conquest of England and was granted vast estates in Sussex, Essex and Suffolk, as recorded in the Domesday Book. He died in 1098, his daughter marrying her cousin Robert de la Haie, Count of Mortain. William de Haya, who first settled in Scotland was probably Robert's son, and he witnessed charters by King Malcolm IV in 1160 AD.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haye research. Another 501 words(36 lines of text) covering the years 1255, 1258, 1333, 1309, 1403, 1342, 1406, 1450, 1508, 1572, 1634, 1599, 1660, 1625, 1697, 1645, 1713, 1668, 1706, 1704 and are included under the topic Early Haye History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 265 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Haye family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Haye name:

Haye Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Haye, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Wrn Haye, aged 21, arrived in Jamaica in 1683
  • Wm Haye, aged 21, landed in Jamaica in 1683

Haye Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Robert DeLa Haye, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Louis DeLa Haye, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Barthelemy DeLa Haye, who landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Louis Haye, aged 6, landed in New Orleans, La in 1785
  • Thomas Haye, aged 10, landed in New Orleans, La in 1785

Haye Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Margaret Haye, aged 29, landed in New York, NY in 1850

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Serva jugum
Motto Translation: Keep the yoke.

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The Haye Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haye Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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