May History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The German surname May first emerged in the Rhineland, and means, simply, "May." The name was most likely originally borne by someone who was either born in the month of May or particularly fond of the spring.

Early Origins of the May family

The surname May was first found in the Rhineland, where this family was a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always influential in social affairs, the family became an integral part of that turbulent region as it forged alliances with other families within the region and the nation.

Important Dates for the May family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our May research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1326, 1355, 1774, and 1838 are included under the topic Early May History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

May Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: May, Mai, Mais, Maye, Mey, de May, du May, Maya and many more.

Early Notables of the May family (pre 1700)

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May migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

May Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Cornelius May, who arrived in Virginia in 1616
  • Dorothy May arrived on the "Mayflower" in 1620
  • Dorothy May, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [1]
  • Cornelius May, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [1]
  • William May, who settled in St. Christopher in 1634
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
May Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry May, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Johan Peter May, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Martin May, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [1]
  • Johann May, who landed in America in 1741 [1]
  • Johan Henrich May, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
May Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob May, aged 30, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Emanuel May, aged 22, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Lionel May, aged 43, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Morris May, who landed in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • George May, who landed in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

May migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

May Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean May, aged 30, who arrived in Canada in 1657
  • Mr. Jean May, French settler travelling to Canada to work for Antoine Grignon, Pierre Gaigneur, and Jacques Massé, arriving on 19th March 1657 [2]
May Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ann May, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. William May U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 396 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [3]
  • Mr. William May U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 he served in Butlers Rangers, married with 5 children [3]
May Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Heinrich May, a Hessian mercenary who settled in Newfoundland after fighting in the American Revolution
  • Catherine May, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Jane Donnelly May, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1837
  • Elizabeth Jane May, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Mr. Martin May, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lord Ashburton" departing 13th September 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 1st November 1847 but he died on board [4]

May migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

May Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John May, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK in 1801, sentenced for life, transported aboard the ship "Glatten" on 23rd September 1802 to New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • James May, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • John May, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Stephen May, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • Benjamin May, a smith, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

May migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

May Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • M May, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • James May, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Geo Fife
  • Mr. May, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "George Fyffe" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 7th November 1842 [9]
  • George May, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • Joseph May, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name May (post 1700)

  • Theresa Mary May (b. 1956), née Brasier, a British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2016-2019), Leader of the Conservative Party (2016-2019), Home Secretary (2010-2016)
  • Malachi J. Le May, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Shelton, Connecticut, 1949-56; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1956
  • Julian Clare May (1931-2017), American science fiction, fantasy, horror, science and children's writer
  • Ralph Duren "Ralphie" May (1972-2017), American stand-up comedian and actor who died of cardiac arrest at the age of 45
  • John Milton May (1950-2017), American politician, Democratic member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
  • David LaFrance May (1943-2012), American Major League Baseball outfielder, inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame (1984)
  • Bert Deems May (b. 1969), American NFL football former tight end
  • Private First Class Martin O. May (1922-1945), American soldier, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Ann May (b. 1901), American actress
  • Jonathan May (1958-2010), American cellist and conductor
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the May family

Bismarck
  • Fritz May (b. 1920), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he survived the sinking [10]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Mark May (1873-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Stanley May (d. 1945), British Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [12]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Arthur May (d. 1912), aged 24, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Arthur William May Sr. (d. 1912), aged 60, English Fireman's Messman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [13]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Louis Eugene May, American Ship's Cook Second Class from Kansas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [14]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 85)
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  11. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  12. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  13. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  14. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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