The name ‘Hayes’ originates from England. It is a habitational name from various places, in Devon and Dorset, so called from the strong plural of the Middle English word ‘hay’ meaning enclosure, In Kent, so called from the Old English word ‘hoes’ meaning brushwood. In Ireland it is an Anglicized form of Gaelic ‘O hAodha ‘descendant of Aodh’, a personal name meaning ‘Fire’. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Hayes’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘Eborard de Heyes’, from Norfolk , England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘Caleb Hayes’, aged 25, a sawyer by trade, from Wiltshire, England, emigrated to America aboard the ship named the ‘Chance’, which set sail on the 2nd of January 1774 from the Port of London, arriving on the 9th of January 17… Coat of arms: Azure, on a pale…
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