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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : topographic name for a man who lived by an enclosure, from Middle English hay (see Hay 1) + man. The term was in many cases effectively a synonym for Hayward.
  • English : nickname for a tall man (see Hay 2).
  • English : occupational name for the servant of someone called Hai (see Hay 3), with man in the sense ‘servant’.
  • English : occupational name for someone who sold hay.
  • Jewish : variant of Heiman.
  • Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Hamann or Heumann.

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