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May Family History

May Name Meaning
English, French, Danish, Dutch, and German: from a short form of the personal name Matthias (see Matthew) or any of its many cognates, for example Norman French Maheu.English, French, Dutch, and German: from a nickname or personal name taken from the month of May (Middle English, Old French mai, Middle High German meie, from Latin Maius (mensis), from Maia, a minor Roman goddess of fertility). This name was sometimes bestowed on someone born or baptized in the month of May; it was also used to refer to someone of a sunny disposition, or who had some anecdotal connection with the month of May, such as owing a feudal obligation then.English: nickname from Middle English may ‘young man or woman’.Irish (Connacht and Midlands): when not of English origin (see 1–3 above), this is an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Miadhaigh ‘descendant of Miadhach’, a personal name or byname meaning ‘honorable’, ‘proud’.French: habitational name from any of various places called May or Le May.Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from Mayen, a place in western Germany.Americanized spelling of cognates of 1 in various European languages, for example Swedish Ma(i)j.Chinese : possibly a variant of Mei 1, although this spelling occurs more often for the given name than for the surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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555,485 Military Records
96,708 Immigration Records
990,512 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of May Families

  • Number of May families
     643 - 1,283
     215 - 642
     1 - 214
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of May families
     2,109 - 4,216
     704 - 2,108
     1 - 703
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of May families
     125 - 247
     42 - 124
     1 - 41
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

May census records

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May Family Origin

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May Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for May

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May Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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May Civil War Service Records

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2,729
Confederate
1,302
Union
1,427

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