This surname was first recorded in 1417 on the Militia Roster as Haiuz.
Most likely of Arabic origin and relates to adjûz, meaning an "elderly man". An old alternate form Hagius could indicate a link with the Arabic surname Hadji, which referred to frequent performers of the hadj, or "pilgrimage", to Mecca. Links to the Greek agios, meaning "holy, sacred" have been dismissed by some experts.
Gryphons in heraldry combine the best traits of lions and eagles, namely courage and boldness. It is placed upon a mount to further imply security and protection.