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Origins of the Hayes surname

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What does the name Hayes mean?

Hayes is an English and Scottish surname. It is mostly thought to be a locational name, being derived from the Old English 'haes' (brushwood or hedge), given to those who lived at or near this kind of feature. In Scotland, most Hayes' are believed to descend from the Anglo-Norman 'de la Haye' (with the same etymology) and a knight named 'William II de la Haye' is known to have arrived in the country at the time of the Norman Conquest.

Alternative variations of the name Hayes

Hayes, Hays, Hay, Hayse, Hase

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Where do most Hayeses live?

In 1921, most Hayeses lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Hayeses

How common is your surname?

188th most common surname in the UK

We have 189,000 records for the Hayes surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Hayeses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Hayes first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Hayeses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Hayeses in 1921




Domestic Servant


Cotton Weaver




Common Male occupations for Hayeses in 1921
General Labourer


Coal Miner


Agricultural Labourer


Farm Hands


Farm Labourer


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