Soon after the Norman Conquest
in 1066, the name Mayen was recognized on the island as a name for a person born or baptized in the month of May. The name Mayen 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 Mayen, 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 Mayen family
The surname Mayen was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Faunt.
Early History of the Mayen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mayen 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 Mayen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mayen Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled May, Mai, Maye and others.
Early Notables of the Mayen 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... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mayen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mayen family to Ireland
Some of the Mayen 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.
Migration of the Mayen family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Mayen or a variant listed above: Peter Maye who settled in the Bay of Bulls, Newfoundland, in 1675; Dorothy May arrived on the "Mayflower" in 1620; Cornelius May arrived in Virginia in 1616.