The history of the Jaye family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Herefordshire
. Their name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, De Gai, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Jaye family
The surname Jaye was first found in Herefordshire
at Heath, with Jay, a township, in the parish of Leintwardine, union of Ludlow, hundred
of Wigmore. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
This small township had only 55 inhabitants in the late 1800s and comprises the hamlets of Heath and Jay.
Early History of the Jaye family
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Jaye Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Jay, Jaye, Jayes and others.
Early Notables of the Jaye family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jaye family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Jaye or a variant listed above were: Thomas Jay settled in Virginia in 1635; William Jay settled in Barbados in 1663; Thomas Jay settled in Barbados in 1654.
Contemporary Notables of the name Jaye (post 1700)
- David Jaye (b. 1958), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives, 1989-93; Member of Michigan State Senate 12th District; Elected 1998 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html