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Hayes is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hayes family lived in Herefordshire. This name, however, does not refer to that municipality, but is topographical in nature and indicates that the original bearer lived near an enclosure of some sort. It derives from the Old English word haye, which means enclosure. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)


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The surname Hayes was first found in Herefordshire where Bartholomew de la Hase held a fief in 1165. He claimed descent from Hayes near Blois, Normandy. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
For this early origin, the name was listed in a few locations, specifically, Norfolk, where some of the first records of the name were Edorard de lis Heys and John del Heys who were listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same rolls listed Nicholaa de la Hay in Lincolnshire. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
William de Hayes was listed in Northamptonshire in the 13th century as a follower of John Giffard (1232-1299), the English nobleman, but had his house plundered after the Battle of Evesham in 1265.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Hayes are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hayes include Hayes, Hayse, Hays and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hayes research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1637, 1694, 1663, 1672, 1641, 1712, 1686, 1703, 1768 and 1831 are included under the topic Early Hayes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Hayes of London; Sir James Hayes (1637-1694), founding Fellow of the Royal Society in 1663, Secretary to Prince Rupert and first Deputy-Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company in...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hayes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Hayes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Hayes, or a variant listed above:

Hayes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Hayes, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Hugh Hayes, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Rich Hayes, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Peter Hayes, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Mary Hayes, who landed in Virginia in 1637
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Hayes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret Hayes, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • William Hayes, who landed in Baltimore, NW in 1720
  • Johan Hayes, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Judah Hayes, who landed in New York, NY in 1741
  • John Hayes, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766

Hayes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Matthias Hayes, aged 32, arrived in Virginia in 1813
  • Walter C Hayes, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • Eleanor Hayes, who arrived in New York in 1824
  • Alexander Hayes, who landed in New York in 1824
  • Patrick Hayes, who arrived in Aranzazu or Copano, Tex in 1829
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Hayes Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Michael I Hayes, who arrived in Arkansas in 1903

Hayes Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Hayes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Hayes, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1783
  • Mr. Thomas Hayes U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 24 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York
  • Mrs. HannahHayes U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 75 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York
  • Mr. Peter Hayes U.E. (b. 1755) born in Rochester, New Hampshire, USA who settled in Shefford Township, Eastern Townships [La Haute-Yamaska Regional County Municipality], Quebec c. 1784 he died in 1834, an associate of Capt. John Savage, married to Sarah Berry they had 6 children

Hayes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Hayes, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Michael Hayes, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • David Hayes, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Jeremiah Hayes, aged 28, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Independence" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Timothy Hayes, aged 25, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Independence" from Kinsale, Ireland
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Hayes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Hayes, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Elisha Hayes, a dyer, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Hayes, a bricklayer, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Hayes, a shoemaker, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Robert Hayes, a whitesmith, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
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Hayes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Hayes, aged 45, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Hannah Hayes, aged 32, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Isabella Hayes, aged 7, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Thomas Hayes, aged 5, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Lydia Hayes arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
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  • Peter Lind Hayes (1915-1998), born Joseph Conrad Lind, an American vaudeville entertainer, songwriter, and film and television actor
  • Janet Gray Hayes (1926-2014), American politician, the 60th mayor of San Jose, California (1975-1983)
  • David Hayes (1931-2013), American sculptor
  • Brigadier-General Wolcott Paige Hayes (1894-1967), American Commanding General Antilles Air Command, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1944)
  • Major-General Thomas Jay Hayes (1888-1967), American Chief of Industrial Service, Ordnance Department (1942-1945)
  • Major-General Philip Hayes (1887-1949), American Commanding General 3rd Service Command (1943-1945)
  • Joseph Hayes (1918-2006), American author and playwright best known for his novel, Broadway play, and movie "The Desperate Hours", the latter starring Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March
  • Isaac Lee Hayes Jr. (1942-2008), American soul and funk singer-songwriter, musician, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner
  • Patrick Joseph Hayes (1867-1938), American Catholic clergyman, archbishop of New York City from 1919-1938, and cardinal from 1924
  • President Rutherford B Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. President from 1877-1881
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Hayes Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Joseph Arthur Hayes, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Edward Hayes, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Ernest C. Hayes, British 1st Assistant Purser from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Ms. Emma Hayes (1873-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Flight 191

  • D Hayes, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. William† Hayes (1877-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Hayes, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. George Hayes, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. John Hayes, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Osler Chattock Hayes (b. 1913), "Joc" English Signal Officer from Dartmouth, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Henry Lamie Hayes, English Junior 5th Engineer from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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  • Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Bazeal Hayes of Charley, Lawrence County, Kentucky by Lora Thelma Chandler Walter.
  • Hayes and Allied Families of Gloucester County, Virginia: The Descendants of William Hayes and Elizabeth Foster by Melinde Hatfield.
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Citations



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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The Hayes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hayes 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.

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