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    Welcome to the Hayes surname page. Here we hope to offer you as much information as possible about the Hayes surname. You will find the original form of the name, it's meaning and places of origin. You will also find the coat of arms and blazon (description of arms) most commonly associated with the Hayes surname.

    Initially the range of information for each surname is limited, so we are depending on you to help us with this. You can do this by sending us articles, information, and any images relating to the Hayes surname. If you have any such articles please click here to send them to us.

    In the additional resources section we include book quotations. If you know of any famous people with the surname Hayes, Hayes clans/groups, or Hayes statistics we would welcome such information.

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    Please click on the terms below for explanations
    Other variants: O'Hea, Hughes
    Original name: Ó hAodha
    Ethnic origin: Gaelic
    Origin type: Polygenetic
    Surname class: Derived from ancestor (patronymics)
    Counties in which this surname is most commonly found: Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Tipperary, Wexford
    Origin and Meaning
    The name has many distinct origins in Ireland, with at least a dozen different septs. O hAodha is a Gaelic surname meaning descendant of Aodh (fire). This was anglicised as O’Hea by a sept in Corca Laoidhe, Co. Cork. In most other septs, including those of Wexford, Tyrone, Donegal, Monaghan, Meath, Thomond, Galway, Mayo and Sligo, the name was anglicised as Hayes. In Ulster it has largely become Hughes.
    Development and History
    The surname Hayes also has a separate norman origin, being derived from the name ‘de la Haye’ but very few Hayes today are descendants of the line.
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