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Where did the English Mai family come from? What is the English Mai family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mai family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mai family history?The ancient Norman culture that was established in England after the Conquest of 1066 produced the name of Mai. It was given to a person born or baptized in the month of May. The name Mai is derived from the Old French word mai, which has cognates in the other European languages that were all derived from the Latin word Maius. This name was also a nickname for a person with a particularly sunny disposition or a person who had an anecdotal connection with the month of May. Often this connection would be the time that feudal obligations were owed. Nicknames, such as Mai, that described the time or season of the birth, baptism or conversion of the original bearer were frequently adopted in the medieval era. Additionally, numerous nicknames referred to various religious festivals, medieval name days, or the particular day of the week when feudal services were fulfilled.
Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled May, Mai, Maye and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mai research. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1291 is included under the topic Early Mai History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Mai Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Mai family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Mai or a variant listed above:
Mai Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Mai Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Mai Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mai 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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