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The name Bays is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a short person. The surname Bays is derived from the Old English words bas and basse, meaning low or short. These words ultimately stem from the Latin word bassus which means thick or heavy-set. The surname Bays may also be a nickname for someone resembling a fish, or it may be a metonymic name for someone holding the occupation of fishmonger.

Bays Early Origins



The surname Bays was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Bays Spelling Variations


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Bays Spelling Variations



Bays has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Bays, Base, Bayse, Baise and others.

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Bays Early History


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Bays Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bays research. Another 329 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1500 and 1579 are included under the topic Early Bays History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bays Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bays Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bays Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bayss to arrive on North American shores:

Bays Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Bays, who landed in New York in 1709

Bays Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Friedrich Bays, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850

Bays Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Bays, aged 24, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774

Bays Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Bays, aged 22, a gardener, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bays (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bays (post 1700)



  • Carter F. Bays (b. 1975), American seven-time Emmy Award nominated television writer and television producer, best known as the executive producer of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bays Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bays 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.

    This page was last modified on 1 November 2014 at 09:57.

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