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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought many new words to England from which surnames were formed. Mays was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a person born or baptized in the month of May. The name Mays 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 Mays, 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.

Mays Early Origins



The surname Mays was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Faunt.

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Mays Spelling Variations


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Mays Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include May, Mai, Maye and others.

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Mays Early History


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Mays Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mays 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 Mays History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mays Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mays Early Notables (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 Mays Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mays In Ireland


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Mays In Ireland



Some of the Mays 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Mays or a variant listed above:

Mays Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Mays, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Alexander Mays, who landed in Wilmington, Del in 1798

Mays Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Mays, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Margaret Mays, aged 30, landed in America in 1821
  • Thomas Mays, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1831
  • Morris Mays, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • John Mays, who arrived in Mississippi in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mays Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George Henry Mays, aged 44, who landed in America from Bourne Lens, England, in 1904
  • Ellen Rebecca Mays, aged 29, who landed in America from Pendleton, England, in 1908
  • Edward Mays, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States, in 1915
  • Caroline E. Mays, aged 29, who landed in America from England, in 1916
  • Emily Mays, aged 60, who settled in America from Hunstanton, England, in 1916
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mays Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Fred Mays arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Timaru" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mays (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mays (post 1700)



  • Rex Mays (b. 1913), American race car driver
  • Stafford Mays (b. 1958), American former football defensive lineman
  • Taylor Mays (b. 1988), American football player (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Travis Mays (b. 1968), American former professional basketball player
  • Lee Mays (b. 1978), American football wide receiver
  • Lowry Mays (b. 1935), American founder and current chairman of Clear Channel Communication
  • Lyle Mays (b. 1953), American jazz pianist
  • Melinda Mays (b. 1962), American model and actress
  • Raqiyah Mays, American hip-hop journalist and radio personality
  • Jerry Mays (b. 1967), American running back in the National football League
  • ... (Another 41 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Mays Historic Events


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Mays Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Wallace R Mays, British Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Mays


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Suggested Readings for the name Mays



  • Genealogy and History of Thomas B. Hamrick, John Ray, Seaborn Mays, and E. Warbington by Orville O. Ray.

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Mays Family Crest Products


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Mays Family Crest Products




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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    11. ...

    The Mays Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mays 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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