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The name Mahy came to England with the ancestors of the Mahy family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mahy family lived in Norfolk. Their name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Mayeux, Normandy.

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The surname Mahy was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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 Mayhew, Mahewe, Mahugh, Mayhugh, Mayhuys, Mayhue and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mahy research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mahy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Mahy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Mahy or a variant listed above:

Mahy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Anna Mahy, aged 6, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

Mahy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Eugene Mahy, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Arthur Mahy, aged 22, who landed in America from Guernsey, England, in 1911
  • Bernice H. Mahy, aged 15, who settled in America, in 1912
  • Charles F. Mahy, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Southampton, England, in 1921


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  • Barry Mahy (b. 1942), born in Guernsey, a retired English-American Association football defender
  • Thomas Henry Mahy (1862-1936), English author from Guernsey, who wrote Dires et Pensées du Courtil Poussin, a regular column in Guernésiais in La Gazette Officielle de Guernesey (1916-?)
  • Stephen Mahy (b. 1982), Australian tenor and actor
  • Margaret Mahy ONZ (1936-2012), New Zealand author of children's and young adult books, eponym of the Margaret Mahy Award
  • Thomas de Mahy (1744-1790), Marquis de Favras, a French aristocrat


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