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The name Hays reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Hays family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hays 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)


Hays Early Origins



The surname Hays 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.

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Hays Spelling Variations


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Hays Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Hayes, Hayse, Hays and others.

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Hays Early History


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Hays Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hays 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 Hays History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hays Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hays Early Notables (pre 1700)



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 Hays Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hays In Ireland


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Hays In Ireland



Some of the Hays 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Hays name or one of its variants:

Hays Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Hays, who arrived in Maryland in 1667

Hays Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Luke Hays, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Barbara Hays, who arrived in Virginia in 1740
  • Robert. Hays, who landed in Virginia in 1740
  • Ruth Hays, who arrived in Augusta County, Va in 1740
  • Margaret Hays, who arrived in Augusta County, Va in 1740
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hays Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mathew Hays, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Maurice Hays, aged 27, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • Joseph Hays, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Walter Hays, aged 41, arrived in New York in 1812
  • George Hays, aged 43, landed in Massachusetts in 1813
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hays Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Lewis Hays, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Lewis Hays, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Crook Walklin Hays, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • James Hays, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mrs. Mary Hays U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 76 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hays Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Hays, aged 15, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "William" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Michael Hays, who arrived in Halifax Nova Scalia in 1843

Hays Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Hays, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • W.B. Hays arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849
  • Mary A. Hays, aged 23, a laundry maid, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"
  • Jane Hays, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hays (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hays (post 1700)



  • Major-General Ralph Hays, American Adjutant-General of Mississippi (1942-1946)
  • Brigadier-General Ray Wilson Hays (1889-1972), American Adjutant-General of California (1943-1944)
  • William Shakespeare Hays (1837-1907), American poet and lyricist
  • Will H. Hays (1879-1954), American politician and Postmaster General
  • William Hays (1819-1875), American Civil War Union general
  • Thomas Avery "Tommy" Hays (b. 1929), American guitarist
  • Robert Hays (b. 1947), American actor, best known for his role in the movie Airplane!
  • Lauren Hays (b. 1968), American actress
  • Richard B. Hays (b. 1948), American college professor at Duke University
  • Kevin Hays (b. 1968), American jazz pianist
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Hays Historic Events


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Hays Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. George Francis Hays, British Steward, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Ian Hays, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mrs. Clara Jennings Hays, (née Grigg), aged 52, Canadian First Class passenger from Montreal, Quebec who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 3
  • Miss Margaret Bechstein Hays, aged 24, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7
  • Mr. Charles Melville Hays (d. 1912), aged 55, Canadian First Class passenger from Montreal, Quebec who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Minia
  • Charles Melville Hays (1856-1912), former general manager of the Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada, lost on the RMS Titanic

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Suggested Readings for the name Hays


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Suggested Readings for the name Hays



  • The Bell-Hays Families in Greene County, Pennsylvania and Knox County, Ohio, 1750-1987 by John James Evans.

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Citations


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  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)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  11. ...

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