Mahy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Mahy is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mahy family lived in Norfolk. Their name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Mayeux, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Mahy family

The surname Mahy was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Mahy family

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Mahy Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Mahy family name include Mayhew, Mahewe, Mahugh, Mayhugh, Mayhuys, Mayhue and others.

Early Notables of the Mahy family (pre 1700)

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Mahy migration to the United States

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Mahy family to immigrate North America:

Mahy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Mahy, aged 6, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
Mahy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Eugene Mahy, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Effie Mahy, aged 20, who settled in America from Northampton, England, in 1908
  • Arthur Mahy, aged 22, who landed in America from Guernsey, England, in 1911
  • Bernice H. Mahy, aged 15, who settled in America, in 1912
  • Charles F. Mahy, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Southampton, England, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Mahy (post 1700)

  • Barry Mahy (b. 1942), born in Guernsey, a retired English-American Association football defender
  • Thomas Henry Mahy (1862-1936), English author from Guernsey, who wrote Dires et Pensées du Courtil Poussin, a regular column in Guernésiais in La Gazette Officielle de Guernesey (1916-?)
  • Stephen Mahy (b. 1982), Australian tenor and actor
  • Margaret Mahy ONZ (1936-2012), New Zealand author of children's and young adult books, eponym of the Margaret Mahy Award
  • Thomas de Mahy (1744-1790), Marquis de Favras, a French aristocrat

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