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

Hayes is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hayes family lived in Sussex. This name, however, does not refer to that municipality, but is topographical in nature and indicates that the original bearer lived near an enclosure of some sort. It derives from the Old English word haye, which means enclosure.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Hayes are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hayes include Hayes, Hayse, Hays and others.

First found in Herefordshire where Bartholomew de la Hase held a fief in 1165. He claimed descent from Hayes near Blois, Normandy. [1] For this early origin, the name was listed in a few locations, specifically, Norfolk, where some of the first records of the name were Edorard de lis Heys and John del Heys who were listed in the Hundred Rolls of 1273. The same rolls listed Nicholaa de la Hay in Lincolnshire. [2] William de Hayes was listed in Northamptonshire in the 13th century as a follower of John Giffard (1232-1299), the English nobleman, but had his house plundered after the Battle of Evesham in 1265.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hayes research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1637, 1694, 1663, 1672, 1641, 1712, 1686, 1703, 1768 and 1831 are included under the topic Early Hayes History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 133 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hayes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hayes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Hayes, or a variant listed above:

Hayes Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Hayes, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Hugh Hayes, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Rich Hayes, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Peter Hayes, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Mary Hayes, who landed in Virginia in 1637

Hayes Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Margt Hayes, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • William Hayes, who landed in Baltimore, NW in 1720
  • Johan Hayes, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Judah Hayes, who landed in New York, NY in 1741
  • John Hayes, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766

Hayes Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Matthias Hayes, aged 32, arrived in Virginia in 1813
  • Walter C Hayes, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • Eleanor Hayes, who arrived in New York in 1824
  • Alexander Hayes, who landed in New York in 1824
  • Patrick Hayes, who arrived in Aranzazu or Copano, Tex in 1829

Hayes Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Michael I Hayes, who arrived in Arkansas in 1903


  • Joseph Hayes (1918-2006), American author and playwright best known for his novel, Broadway play, and movie "The Desperate Hours", the latter starring Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March
  • President Rutherford B Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. President from 1877-1881
  • Patrick Joseph Hayes (1867-1938), American Catholic clergyman, archbishop of New York City from 1919-1938, and cardinal from 1924
  • Lucy Ware Webb Hayes (1831-1889), wife of President Hayes
  • Helen Hayes (1900-1993), American Actress, winner of Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Carlton Joseph Huntley Hayes (1882-1964), American historian and diplomat
  • Isaac Lee Hayes Jr. (1942-2008), American soul and funk singer-songwriter, musician, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner
  • Dennis Hayes (b. 1950), American co-developer of the first commercial modem for the IBM PC
  • Alfred Hayes (1910-1989), American banker, expert in international finance
  • Alfred Hayes (1911-1985), American novelist



  • Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Bazeal Hayes of Charley, Lawrence County, Kentucky by Lora Thelma Chandler Walter.
  • Hayes and Allied Families of Gloucester County, Virginia: The Descendants of William Hayes and Elizabeth Foster by Melinde Hatfield.

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  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Hayes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hayes 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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