An English and German surname, the Mays family name comes from the Latin term ‘maius’ and the Old French term ‘mai’ which means spring time with a cheery lookout. The spelling variations for Mays include Maye, May and Mai. In England the Mays families started in Sussex county. From there they spread to Norfolk, Sussex, Essex, the city of London, Yorkshire and Lancashire. In Scotland the Mays families lived in Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Ayrshire, Fife, Perthshire and Aberdeenshire. Within the United States the Mays families originated in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Famous: Dorothy Mays (actress and model), Willie Mays (professional baseball player), Raymond Mays (English race car driver), Travis Mays (professional basketball player), Matt Mays (songwriter and singer from Canada), Lowry Mays (founder of Clear Channel Communication), Rex Mays (race car driver), Lee Mays (professional football player) and Lyle Mays (musician).