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Where did the English Mayo family come from? What is the English Mayo family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mayo family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mayo family history?

When the ancestors of the Mayo family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They 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.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Mayo has been recorded under many different variations, including Mayo, Mayow, Mayhow, Mayho and others.

First found in Cornwall where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mayo research. Another 283 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1631, 1695, 1708, 1641 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Mayo History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 85 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mayo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Mayos were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Mayo Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Mayo settled in Massachusetts in 1632
  • John Mayo, who landed in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Samuel Mayo settled in Bermuda in 1635
  • Edward Mayo, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • John Mayo (died 1676), who settled in New England in 1638 as a Puritan minister, first minister of Old North Church, Boston

Mayo Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Lucy Mayo settled in Jamaica in 1720
  • William Mayo, who arrived in Virginia in 1723
  • Robert and Rosamund Mayo settled in Maryland in 1732
  • Thomas Mayo, who landed in America in 1760-1763

Mayo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Mayo, aged 33, arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • James Mayo, aged 26, arrived in America in 1822
  • Bridget Mayo, aged 21, arrived in America in 1822
  • Francisco Mayo, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Pedro Ignacis Mayo, aged 60, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829

Mayo Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Mayo settled in St. John's in 1798

Mayo Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Mayo settled at Burin, Newfoundland in 1805
  • Fanny Mayo settled in Ferryland, Newfoundland in 1848

Mayo Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Mayo a doctor, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837
  • George Mayo a doctor, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • William Mayo, aged 44, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee"

Mayo Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Mayo, aged 27, a plasterer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Mary Mayo, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Thomas Mayo, aged 22, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Mayo, aged 23, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • James Mayo landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843


  • Charles Horace Mayo (1865-1939), American physician and co-founder of the Mayo Clinic
  • Virginia Mayo (1920-2005), American film actress
  • Robert Mayo (1916-2003), American director of the United States' Office of Management and Budget from 1969 to 1970
  • Katherine Mayo (1868-1940), American journalist
  • William James Mayo (1861-1939), American surgeon and co-founder of the Mayo Clinic
  • Arthur Mayo VC (1840-1920), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Gypie Mayo (1951-2013), born John Phillip Cawthra, an English guitarist and songwriter, known for his work with the Dr. Feelgood, Yardbirds and Alan Glen
  • Mr. William Peter Mayo (d. 1912), aged 27, English Leading Fireman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic, died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett (No. 177) and was buried at sea
  • William B Mayo (1860-1944), chief power engineer of Ford Motor Company
  • Dame Eileen Rosemary Mayo RA, DBE (1906-1994), New Zealand-based artist and designer who worked in almost every available medium



  • Mayo Genealogy by Elna Jean Mayo.


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  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

The Mayo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mayo Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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