HAY DNA Project- Background



We are just getting this project underway so please bear with us as we get organized. Use the links on the left to navigate the project site. Both male and female results of members have been posted. -- Aaron Hill, Project Administrator

Hay Name Meaning and History

1. Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure, Middle English hay(e), heye (Old English (ge)hæg, which after the Norman Conquest became confused with the related Old French term haye translated as ‘hedge’ which is Germanic in origin). Alternatively, it may be a habitational name from any of various places named with this word, including Les Hays and La Haye in Normandy. The Old French and Middle English word was used in particular to denote an enclosed forest. Compare Haywood. This name was taken to Ireland (County Wexford) by the Normans.

2. Scottish and English: nickname for a tall man, from Middle English hay, hey ‘tall’, ‘high’ (Old English heah).

3. Scottish and English: from the medieval personal name Hay, which represented in part the Old English byname Heah ‘tall’, in part a short form of the various compound names with the first element heah ‘high’.

4. French: topographic name from a masculine form of Old French haye ‘hedge’, or a habitational name from Les Hays, Jura, or Le Hay, Seine-Maritime.

5. Spanish: topographic name from haya ‘beech tree’ (ultimately derived from Latin fagus).

6. German: occupational name from Middle High German heie ‘guardian’, ‘custodian’ (Hayer).

7. Dutch and Frisian: variant of Haye.