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The ancient Norman culture that was established in England after the Conquest of 1066 produced the name of Mai. It was given to a person born or baptized in the month of May. The name Mai is derived from the Old French word mai, which has cognates in the other European languages that were all derived from the Latin word Maius. This name was also a nickname for a person with a particularly sunny disposition or a person who had an anecdotal connection with the month of May. Often this connection would be the time that feudal obligations were owed. Nicknames, such as Mai, that described the time or season of the birth, baptism or conversion of the original bearer were frequently adopted in the medieval era. Additionally, numerous nicknames referred to various religious festivals, medieval name days, or the particular day of the week when feudal services were fulfilled.

Mai Early Origins



The surname Mai was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Faunt.

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Mai Spelling Variations


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Mai Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled May, Mai, Maye and others.

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Mai Early History


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Mai Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mai research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1291, 1573, 1630, 1605, 1611, 1614, 1621, 1624, 1625, 1624, 1625, 1626, 1629, 1604, 1655, 1640, 1642, 1628, 1698, 1665, 1685, 1621, 1684, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Mai History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mai Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mai Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Humphrey May (1573-1630), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Bere Alston (1605-1611), Westminster (1614), Lancaster (1621-1624) and 1625, and Leicester (1624-1625) and (1626-1629); Thomas May (c.1604-1655), an English...

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

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Mai In Ireland


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Mai In Ireland



Some of the Mai family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 173 words (12 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



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Mai or a variant listed above:

Mai Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Friederic Mai, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Christoph Mai, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754

Mai Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Maria Margaretha Mai, who landed in North America in 1838
  • Philipp, II Mai, who arrived in North America in 1838
  • John Mai, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843
  • Joh Anton Mai, who arrived in America in 1849
  • Jakob Mai, who landed in New York, NY in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mai (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mai (post 1700)



  • Angelo Mai (1782-1854), Italian Cardinal and philologist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Mai Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mai 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 3 November 2014 at 06:37.

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