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Where did the Irish Foy family come from? What is the Irish Foy family crest and coat of arms? When did the Foy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Foy family history?The surname Foy originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Fiaich," derived from the word "fiach," which means "raven."
Many spelling variations of the surname Foy can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Foy, Fee, Fye, Fey and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foy research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Foy History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Foy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Foy name:
Foy Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Foy Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Foy Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Foy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Foy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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