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Hayes Name Meaning

Irish (Cork): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAodha ‘descendant of Aodh’ a personal name meaning ‘fire’. Compare McCoy . In some cases especially in County Wexford the surname is of English origin (see below) having been taken to Ireland by the Normans. English: variant of Hay with post-medieval excrescent -s. English: topographic name from the plural form of Middle English hay(e) heye heghe ‘enclosure’ (see Hay ) sometimes used as a collective noun for a farm especially in Devon where it is a frequent minor placename. Compare Hain . English: habitational name from either of two places called Hayes (Middlesex Kent) or a topographic name for someone who lived near land overgrown with brushwood or underwood especially young oak or beech. The etymon in each case is Old English hǣse hēse Middle English hese ‘brushwood’ which is also the source of the lost minor placename Heys in Hellingly (Sussex) Northease and Southease (Sussex) and Heys Wood (Kent). English (of Norman origin): habitational name from one of the French hamlets named La Haise (Eure Ille-et-Vilaine Sarthe). The original sense like that of Old English hǣse (see 4 above) was ‘land overgrown with brushwood or underwood’ and the Norman and English names are difficult to tell apart. The French surname was reintroduced to England after 1685 by Huguenots. English: variant of Ace with hypercorrect initial H-.7: French: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure a variant (plural) of Haye . Compare Deshayes .8: Jewish (Ashkenazic): metronymic from Yiddish name Khaye ‘life’ + the Yiddish possessive suffix -s.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Hayer, Haynes, Haye, Sales, Hales, Bayes, Hames, Vales, Haber, Naves

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You can see how Hayes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hayes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hayes families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 4,338 Hayes families living in Lancashire. This was about 23% of all the recorded Hayes's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Hayes families in 1891.
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What did your Hayes ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Hayes. 8% of Hayes men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Hayes women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hayes were Gardener and Domestic Servant. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    8%
  • Builders Labourer
    4%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Gardener
    2%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    66%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Domestic Servant
    2%
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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hayes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hayes in 1940 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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