Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Hayes

Hayes is the transferred use of an Old English surname with Anglo-Saxon origins derived from a location. There are several places in England so-called Hayes most notably in Kent, Middlesex, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire. Townships called Hayes are generally either derived from the Olde English word “hege” meaning “hedge” or “haes” meaning “brushwood” which described a topographical feature prominent to the area. Folks who were born in a place called Hayes would have been given their native village name as a surname for identification purposes, particularly if they moved to another village. The surname was first recorded in England during the 12th century and rendered as “de la Heise”. Alternately, Hayes is also a surname you’ll find in Ireland; derived from a patronymic clan name, in this case “Ó hAodha” meaning “descendent of Aidan”. Aodh is the Gaelic version of Aidan and means “fire” derivative of Aed, the Irish god of fire and the underworld in ancient Celtic mythology. Hayes is a Top 100 most common surname in the United States and some notable name bearers include our 19th president Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893), multi-talented 20th century actress Helen Hayes (1900-1993) and Ira Hayes (1923-1955), one of the six men immortalized in the WWII photo of the raising of the U.S. flag in Iwo Jima. Hayes has yet to catch on as a given name.

All About the Baby Name – Hayes

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME HAYES

The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME HAYES

Hayes was around as a forename in America dating back to the late 19th century and early 20th century. However, back then the name was used only sporadically and without much frequency. Hayes pretty much took a hiatus from usage between 1912 and 2009 when the name fell off the Top 1000 list. Hayes’ sudden reappearance on the charts in 2009 was probably influenced by actor/film director Kevin Costner who named a son Hayes Logan Costner in February of that year. Plus Hayes is a surname and using last names as first names is a pretty trendy naming style in America right now. Hayes is a simple, one-syllable name. It’s easy to say and easy to spell, but it’s a little bland and nondescript. If you’re drawn to Irish sounding surnames, consider one with a little more flavor like Finnegan or Sullivan. Hayes is for horses.

Quick Facts

ON HAYES

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

1

RANKING POPULARITY:

608

PRONUNCIATION:

HAYS

SIMPLE MEANING:

Hedge, brushwood

Characteristics

OF HAYES

The Master Builder

Leader

Large Undertakings

Confidence

Discipline

Organization

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Hayes

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME HAYES

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Hayes

Popular Songs

ON HAYES

The Ballad of Ira Hayes
a song by Johnny Cash

Famous People

NAMED HAYES

We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Hayes.

Children of Famous People

NAMED HAYES

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Hayes

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME HAYES

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Hayes