Last name origins & meanings:
- 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 hǣse ‘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.
- U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes (1822–1893), born in Delaware,
OH, was descended from old New England families on both sides. Through
the paternal line he was descended from George Hayes, who emigrated
from Scotland in 1680 and settled in Windsor, CT.
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