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Shayes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Anglo-Saxon name Shayes comes from when the family resided near a small wood or shaw. Shayes is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. The surname Shayes is believed to be derived from the Old English word sceaga, which means dweller by the wood.

Early Origins of the Shayes family


The surname Shayes was first found in Berkshire, where they were established in the 12th century.

Early History of the Shayes family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shayes research.
Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1307, 1281, 1407, 1388, 1615, 1680, 1661, 1679, 1617, 1690, 1659, 1660, 1679, 1635, 1696, 1780, 1815 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Shayes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shayes Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Shayes has been recorded under many different variations, including Shaw, Shawe, Shave, Sheaves, Shaves, Shay, Shayes and many more.

Early Notables of the Shayes family (pre 1700)


Notables of the family at this time include John Shawe (died 1407), of Oxford, English politician, Member of the Parliament of England (MP) for Oxford in 1388; Sir John Shaw, 1st Baronet (c 1615-1680), an English merchant and politician, Member of Parliament for Lyme Regis (1661-1679); Sir...
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Migration of the Shayes family to Ireland


Some of the Shayes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Shayes family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Shayes or a variant listed above: John Shaw, who settled in Virginia in 1638; Thomas Shaw, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1750; James Shaw, who settled in Virginia in 1655; Thomas Shave settled in Massachusetts in 1637.

The Shayes 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: Vincit qui patitur
Motto Translation: He conquers who endures.


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