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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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Hayes Family Origin

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Hayes Family Occupations

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In 1881, a less common occupation for the Hayes family was Servant. The most common Hayes occupation in Canada was Farmer. 26% of Hayes's were Farmers. Farmer, School and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hayes.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Labourer

  • Servant


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Hayes Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 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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Hayes Life Expectancy

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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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