May (surname)

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Family name
Region of origin Germany, Scotland
Related names Maye, Mayes, Mays, Meir, Meier, Meyer

May is a surname of Germanic (Saxon) and, independently, of Gaelic origin.[1][2] There are many variants used in English-speaking countries, as well as several variants used in Germany. The Scottish May is a sept of Clan Donald.[3] The surname "May" remains a common surname in Britain, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, as well as among Russians of German origin. People with the surname May include:

Other uses[edit]

  • May (given name), given name origin, and people with the given name
  • Baron May, nobility, a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom

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  3. ^ "History of the MacDonald Clan." Web. 31 Dec. 2009. <>.