First name origin & meaning:

Irish: Nature-loving; yew tree

First name variations: Maio, Maioh, Mayes, Mayoh, Mays, Mayo

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Irish (County Donegal): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Muighe ‘descendant of Muighe’, of unexplained etymology. The English surname (see 2) has also become established in Ulster.
  2. English (Norfolk): unexplained. Compare Moy 1.
  3. French: habitational name from places so called in Aisne and Saône-et-Loire, named in Latin as Modiacum ‘(estate) of Modius’ (see Moya 2).
  4. Norwegian: habitational name from any of several farmsteads in southwestern Norway named Moi, from Old Norse mói, the dative case of mór ‘sandy plain’.
  5. Chinese: possibly a variant spelling of Mei 1.
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