Mayes Family History

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Mayes Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name May (see May).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Mays, Hayes, Bayes, Moyes, Mages, Mayer, Mares, Manes, Mades, Maves

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Mayes Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Mayes name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Mayes. 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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Mayes Family Origin

Where is the Mayes family from?

Mayes Family Occupations

What did your Mayes ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mayes. A less common occupation for the Mayes family was Fisherman. The most common Mayes occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 11% of Mayes's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Fisherman


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Mayes ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Mayes Historical Records

What Mayes family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 130,000 census records available for the last name Mayes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mayes census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Mayes. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Mayes. For the veterans among your Mayes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mayes Life Expectancy

What is the average Mayes lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Mayes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Mayes in 1942 was 35, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mayes ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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