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Where did the English Mayson family come from? What is the English Mayson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mayson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mayson family history?The ancient name Mayson is a Norman name that would have been developed in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This name was a name given to a person born or baptized in the month of May. The name Mayson 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 Mayson, 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.
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Mayson were recorded, including May, Mai, Maye and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mayson research. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1291 is included under the topic Early Mayson History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Mayson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Mayson 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.
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Mayson arrived in North America very early:
Mayson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Mayson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Mayson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Mayson Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Mayson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mayson 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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