Origin of the Name Hay
The origin of the name Hay
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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 Hay
include Haye, Hayes, Hays, Broadhay and Hayland. William de Haya was a Norman Knight who is considered to be the principal ancestor of the Scottish Hays. He is known to have been in the Scottish Court in the year 1160. From this line came the House of Erroll. The Hays of Erroll hold the office of hereditary Constable of Scotland , this title having been conferred in the year 1314 by King Robert the Bruce.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
It is rendered as 'de la Hayes' in County Wexford and is also sometimes used as a variant of both Hayes and Hea. The three shields on the coat of arms are said to represent the father and two sons who rallied a Scottish army to defeat the invading Vikings.
The Hay 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 Hay descendants.