The history of the Mayhough family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Norfolk
. Their name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Mayeux, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Mayhough family
The surname Mayhough was first found in Cornwall
where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Early History of the Mayhough family
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Mayhough Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Mayo, Mayow, Mayhow, Mayho and others.
Early Notables of the Mayhough family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mayhough family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Mayhough or a variant listed above were: Percilla Mayho who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1756; David Mayo settled in Barbados in 1678; John Mayo settled in Massachusetts in 1632; another John settled in Virginia in 1663.