Bayes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The first people to use the distinguished Bayes family name were found in Sussex. Their name however, was a reference to the Old French word baille, meaning the outer wall of a feudal castle, and indicates that the original bearer lived near such a structure.

Early Origins of the Bayes family

The surname Bayes was first found in Colchester, where they had been granted lands about the year 1500. The name was originally spelt Baye, and Beyer. The parish of Bennington in Lincolnshire was another ancient family seat. "This place belonged to the family of Bay, of whom William Bay was summoned to the grand council at Westminster in 1353, as member for Boston: the ancient family mansion, Bay Hall, is still entire." [1]

Early History of the Bayes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bayes research. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1708, 1671, 1746, 1662 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Bayes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bayes Spelling Variations

Huguenot surnames were only slightly Anglicized, and they remain to this day a distinct group of surnames in England. Nevertheless, Huguenot surnames have been subject to numerous spelling alterations since the names emerged in France. French surnames have a variety of spelling variations because the French language has changed drastically over the centuries. French was developed from the vernacular Latin of the Roman Empire. It is divided into three historic and linguistic periods: Old French, which developed before the 14th century; Middle French, which was used between the 14th and 16th centuries; and Modern French, which was used after the 16th century and continues to be in use today. In all of these periods, the French language was heavily influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when the barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heaviliy from the Italian language during the Renaissance. Huguenot names have numerous variations. The name may be spelled Bay, Baye, Bayes, Bays and others.

Early Notables of the Bayes family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Bayes family to Ireland

Some of the Bayes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Bayes migration to the United States +

Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Bayes:

Bayes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Bayes, who landed in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1643 [2]
  • Glogs Bayes, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [2]

Australia Bayes migration to Australia +

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

Bayes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Bayes, (b. 1799), aged 20, English lamp lighter who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Henry William Bayes, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 [4]
  • Henry William Bayes, aged 16, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian" [4]
  • William Bayes, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola" [5]
  • John Bayes, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola" [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bayes (post 1700) +

  • Ronald Homer Bayes (b. 1932), American author and educator
  • Nora Bayes (1880-1928), American singer & actress
  • Ashley John Bayes (b. 1972), English professional footballer
  • Gilbert Bayes (1872-1953), British sculptor; a gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum bears his name
  • Thomas Bayes (1702-1761), British mathematician, statistician and religious leader
  • Frederick Bayes Copeman OBE (1907-1983), English volunteer in the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War, Commander of the British Battalion

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th July 2021). Retrieved from
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OSCEOLA / ASCEOLA 1851. Retrieved on Facebook
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