Mayhew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Mayhew was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Mayhew 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 Mayhew family

The surname Mayhew 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 Mayhew family

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Mayhew Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Mayhew are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Mayhew include Mayhew, Mahewe, Mahugh, Mayhugh, Mayhuys, Mayhue and others.

Early Notables of the Mayhew family (pre 1700)

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Mayhew migration to the United States

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Mayhew, or a variant listed above:

Mayhew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Mayhew, the Elder (1593-1682), born in Tilsbury, Wiltshire who arrived in Massachusetts with his wife Anna in 1631, founder of Martha's Vineyard in 1642
  • Ann Mayhew, who landed in New England in 1640 [1]
  • Zachariah Mayhew, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [1]
Mayhew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Mayhew, who settled in Rappahannock in 1727
Mayhew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Mayhew, aged 35, who landed in New York in 1803 [1]
  • John S Mayhew, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
Mayhew Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Bertha Mayhew, aged 7, who landed in America from London, in 1906
  • Ellen Mayhew, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from Annalong, Ireland, in 1906
  • Fey Mayhew, aged 6, who immigrated to America, in 1907
  • Ann Mayhew, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1908
  • Dorothy Mayhew, aged 3, who settled in America from Walthamshon, England, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mayhew migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mayhew Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Mayhew, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Mayhew migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mayhew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Mayhew, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1849 [2]

Mayhew migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mayhew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Mayhew, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • Mr. William Mayhew, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William Watson" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th February 1859 [3]
  • Mr. Mayhew, British settler with his brother travelling from London aboard the ship "Warrior Queen" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 1st January 1874 [3]
  • Emily Mayhew, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Emma Mayhew, aged 28, a cook, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Mayhew (post 1700)

  • Peter Mayhew (1944-2019), English-born, American actor and comedian, best known for playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars films largely due to his 7 foot 3 inches height
  • Martin R. Mayhew (b. 1965), American former football player, current General Manager of the Detroit Lions
  • David Mayhew (b. 1982), American professional stock car racing driver, five-time winner in the International Kart Federation National Championships
  • David R. Mayhew (b. 1937), American Sterling Professor in the Political Science Department at Yale University
  • George C. Mayhew, American Republican politician, Chair of Bond County Republican Party, 1950 [4]
  • Frederic Mayhew, American politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives from New Bedford; Elected 1816 [4]
  • Eleazer Mayhew, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Salem County, 1792-95, 1800 [4]
  • Edward Mayhew, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Freemantle, 1892-99 [4]
  • Charles E. P. Mayhew, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Atlantic County, 1860-62 [4]
  • Caroline Mayhew, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Oneida County 3rd District, 1920 [4]
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Mayhew family

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Ronald C Mayhew (b. 1961), American Sergeant from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA who died in the crash [5]

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Citations

  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The BOLTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Bolton.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
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