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May Surname Meaning

English: from the Middle English male personal name May a pet form of Matthew (see Mayhew ). English Dutch and German: from a personal name or nickname 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. In England this name was possibly also a pet form of Mary or Margaret. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine) and Denmark. English: nickname from Middle English mey may ‘kinsman’. English: occupational name from Middle English mei Old French mege meie ‘physician’ a side form of Mee . Irish (Connacht and Midlands): when not of English origin (see 1–4 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 (Le) May. Compare Dumay and Lemay .7: French: from an old vernacular form of the Latin personal name Marius (see Mario ).8: Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from Mayen a place in western Germany.9: Americanized form of Polish and Jewish (from Poland) Maj ‘May’ a cognate of 2 above.10: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 麥 (see Mai ) and 梅 (see Mei ). This form occurs more often for the personal name than for the surname.1 Amerindian (Mexico): Mayan name from maay ‘cloven hoof’ by extension also ‘young deer’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Hay, Ray, Gay, Kay, Bay, Say, Pay, Fay, Day, Man

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You can see how May families moved over time by selecting different census years. The May family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most May families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 257 May families living in Ontario. This was about 27% of all the recorded May's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of May families in 1911.
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What did your May ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named May. 36% of May men worked as a Farmer and 10% of May women worked as an Income. Some less common occupations for Americans named May were Carpenter and Stenographer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Income
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
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Passenger Lists

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There are 514,000 military records available for the last name May. For the veterans among your May ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average May lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, May life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for May in 1941 was 35, and 75 in 2004.

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