Hayes family crest


Hayes family crest

Colors on the Hayes family crest explained

Argent (silver) - represents the sincere and peaceful nature of the Hayes family.

Sable (black) - symbolises constancy and the enduring nature of the Hayes family.


  Symbols on the Hayes family crest explained 

The three wolf heads - symbolizes the danger in crossing or betraying members of the Hayes family, alongside the relentless nature of their perseverance and hard work.


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Origins of the Hayes family name

The Hayes family name has origins in Ireland and Scotland and partially England.

In Ireland, the name is derived from the name 'O hAodha', an ancient Irish God and translated to 'son of fire'.

The earliest known origin of the family name Hayes in England is from the Old English word "hæg", meaning an overgrown or hedged area. The name is first found in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it is listed as "Haie".


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Summary of the Hayes family and the Hayes family crest

  • The Hayes family name is thought to have originated in Ireland in its Gaelic version and existed there from before the 11th century.
  • The earliest known Hayes in Ireland (with the English spelling) family lived in County Cork, Ireland in the late 12th century.
  • The Hayes family were tenants of the Earl of Desmond.
  • The first recorded Hayes was William de la Haya, who was listed in the Cork rolls in 1185.
  • The Hayes family remained in County Cork until the late 17th century when they migrated to County Limerick.
  • The earliest known origin of the family name Hayes in Scotland is from the Gaelic word "hay" meaning "fire", similar to the original Irish meaning.
  • The Hayes family was a sept of the Clan Chattan, and their name was first found in Inverness-shire.
  • The first recorded Hayes in Scotland was John Hay, who was a witness to a charter of Robert the Bruce in 1329.
  • The family held the lands of Auchinbreck in Lochaber from the 14th century until the 17th century.
  • The Hayes family name was first brought to America by early settlers in the 1600s.
  • The Hayes family name was first found in the United States in the late 1600s.
  • The first Hayes ancestor to emigrate to America was John Hayes, who arrived in Boston in 1652.
  • The Hayes family name was then found in records in various parts of the United States, including Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ohio since the early years of the United States.