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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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hayes name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hayes. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Hayes Family Origin

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Hayes Family Occupations

What did your Hayes ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Hayes occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 5% of Hayes's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Hayes family was Farmer. Coal Miner, Labourer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hayes.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer


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Hayes Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 264,000 immigration records available for the last name Hayes. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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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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