Tays History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the Tays family first reached the shores of England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Their name is derived from the Old French given name Tieis.

Early Origins of the Tays family

The surname Tays was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from early times as Lords of the manor of Tey, after the Norman Conquest in 1066, and were granted the lands by King William after the Battle of Hastings. They were descended from the Norman French De Toye.

Important Dates for the Tays family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tays research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1378, 1540, 1577, 1540, 1556, 1611, 1663 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Tays History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tays Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Tey, Tay, Teyas, They, Toye, Teye and others.

Early Notables of the Tays family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Humphrey Toy, (1540-1577), English printer, born probably in London about 1540, son of Robert Toy, printer. His father (d...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tays Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Tays family

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Tays or a variant listed above: George Tay and his wife settled in Philadelphia in 1764; D. and S. Tay arrived in San Francisco in 1853; Catherine Teye settled in Virginia in 1651; John Tey settled in Philadelphia in 1748..

Contemporary Notables of the name Tays (post 1700)

  • John B. Tays, American Republican politician, Postmaster at El Paso, Texas, 1879
  • Mrs. E. A. Tays, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1944

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