Origins Available: English
Mayhugh is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. The Mayhugh family 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 Mayhugh family
The surname Mayhugh 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.
Early History of the Mayhugh family
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Mayhugh 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 Mayhew, Mahewe, Mahugh, Mayhugh, Mayhuys, Mayhue and others.
Early Notables of the Mayhugh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mayhugh family to the New World and Oceana
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 Mayhugh or a variant listed above: Thomas Mayhew, who settled in Salem with his wife in 1630; and John Mayhew, who settled in Rappahannock in 1727.
The Mayhugh Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sola in Deo salus
Motto Translation: Safety in God alone.