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Hayes Name Meaning

Irish: reduced 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: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Devon and Worcestershire, so called from the plural of Middle English hay ‘enclosure’ (see Hay 1), or a topographic name from the same word. English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Dorset, Greater London (formerly in Kent and Middlesex), and Worcestershire, so called from Old English h?se ‘brushwood’, or a topographic name from the same word. English: patronymic from Hay 3. French: variant (plural) of Haye 3. Jewish (Ashkenazic): metronymic from Yiddish name Khaye ‘life’ + the Yiddish possessive suffix -s.

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


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

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Where is the Hayes family from?

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 the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 122 Hayes families living in New Hampshire. This was about 16% of all the recorded Hayes's in the USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Hayes families in 1840.
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What did your Hayes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hayes. 16% of Hayes men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Hayes women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hayes were Truck Driver and Housewife.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 184,000 military records available for the last name Hayes. For the veterans among your Hayes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hayes lifespan?

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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