Hayes ~ Maternal Great Grandmother Catherine Kitty Hayes ~ Abbeyside/Dungarvan/Ireland
In Ireland, Hayes originated as a Gaelic polygenetic surname "O hAodha", meaning descendant of Aodh ("fire"), or of Aed, an Irish mythological god. Septs in most counties anglicised "O hAodha" to "Hayes". In County Cork, it became "O'Hea". In County Ulster, it became "Hughes", the patronymic of Hugh, an anglicized variant of the given name Aodh. Hayes is noted on a public record in County Wexford as early as 1182. In County Cork, under the Munster providence, Hayes falls under the banner of the McNamara clan in the Dalcassian Sept. The Hayes clan is also been known to hail allegiance to Clan Cian, the ruling O'Carroll clan, of southern Ireland. Hayes is a common surname in England, where it derives from various places of the same name and from the Norman De la Haye, but in Ireland it is almost always the most common anglicisation of the Irish Ó hAodha, from the personal name Aodh, “fire”, which was very popular in early Ireland. No doubt this popularity accounts for the fact that the surname originated separately in at least twelve different locations, including southwest Cork, Limerick/ Tipperary, south Donegal, Sligo, Monaghan, Meath, Mayo north Tyrone, south Down, Armagh and Wexford. As well as Hayes, the surname was also anglicised as “O’Hea”, particularly in southwest Cork, and as “Hughes”, since Aodh was invariably translated as “Hugh”. This last anglicisation is most common among the five septs originating in the Ulster counties.
Catherine Kitty Hayes ~ Great Grandmother
Lived in Abbeyside, (Dungarvan) Ireland married John Murray, a seaman on June 14. 1858.