The name ‘Mays’ originates from England. It is a patronymic of the name ‘May’ a pet form of ‘Matthew’. In English, French, and German it is derived from a nickname or given name from the month of May (from the Middle English, Old Flemish word ‘mai’, Middle High German ‘meire’, from the Latin word ‘Maius’ (mensis), from ‘Maia’, a rather obscure goddess of fertility, whose name is derived from the same root as ‘maius’ meaning larger amd ‘maiestas’ meaning greatness), This may have been bestowed on someone born or baptised in the month of May, such as owing a feudal obligation then. In English it is also a nickname from the Middle English word ‘may’ meaning young man or woman (of uncertain origin, probably originally meaning kinsman or kinswoman). Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Mays’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘Emma le Mey’, from the county of Oxfordshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the … Coat of arms: Vert a chevron b…
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