Origins Available: English
The proud Norman name of Meye was developed in England
soon after Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was name for a person born or baptized in the month of May. The name Meye 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 Meye, 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.
Early Origins of the Meye family
The surname Meye was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Faunt.
Early History of the Meye family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meye 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 Meye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Meye Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Meye have been found, including May, Mai, Maye and others.
Early Notables of the Meye family (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 Meye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Meye family to Ireland
Some of the Meye 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.
Migration of the Meye family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Meye were among those contributors: Peter Maye who settled in the Bay of Bulls, Newfoundland, in 1675; Dorothy May arrived on the "Mayflower" in 1620; Cornelius May arrived in Virginia in 1616.