Odds & Ends
The Name of MAY
and its Origins
The English surname of MAY has three
was the pet form of Matthew, which itself was sometimes rendered as
Mayhew. Hence 'Son of
was a given or nickname derived from the month of May (which itself
derives from the obscure Roman Goddess of Fertility, Maia). It could
have been bestowed on those born in May or those with some other
anecdotal connection with the month, such as owing their feudal
obligations at that time. Otherwise it could simply refer to someone
with a sunny disposition, just like the month.
was a common nickname for a young person: a lad or a girl. It may
originally have meant either kinsperson or servant.