Origin of the Name Mayo
The ancient history of the name Mayo
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Mayo
include May, Mea, Mawe, Mea, Maye and Meye. Meaning 'the may', a nickname for a young lad or girl, this name is often of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Richard le Mey, Huntingdonshire, and a Bateman le May, Bedfordshire, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273. A Willemus May was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379. In Scotland William May rendered homage at Berwick in the year 1291. A David May had a claim of the lands of Chapeltoun from the Abbey of Culross in the year 1597. When of Gaelic origin this name is rendered as O'Miadhaigh and in Ireland the names May, Mayo and Mea are the main anglicized forms of this. Families of the name were located in Teffia, County Westmeath where the place-name Clonyveey, meaning 'O'Mey's Meadow' is their memorial.
The Mayo coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Mayo descendants.