Maye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Maye is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was a name for someone who was a person born or baptized in the month of May. The name Maye 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 Maye, 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.

Early Origins of the Maye family

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

Early History of the Maye family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maye research. Another 77 words (6 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 Maye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Maye Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled May, Mai, Maye and others.

Early Notables of the Maye family (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...
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Ireland Migration of the Maye family to Ireland

Some of the Maye family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Maye migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Maye or a variant listed above:

Maye Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Cornelius Maye, aged 23, who landed in Virginia in 1616 [1]
  • Richard Maye, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [1]
  • Tho Maye, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [1]
  • Martin Maye, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [1]
Maye Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Matthias Maye, aged 27, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Albert Maye, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [1]

Canada Maye migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maye Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Peter Maye who settled in the Bay of Bulls, Newfoundland, in 1675 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Maye (post 1700) +

  • Bettye Maye, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 2004 [3]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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