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Where did the Irish Hoye family come from? What is the Irish Hoye family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hoye family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hoye family history?

The surname Hoye originally appeared in Gaelic as "O hEochaidh" or "Mac Eochaidh," derived from an Irish personal name "Eachaidh," meaning a "horseman."

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The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Hoye were encountered in the archives: Hoey, O'Hoey, Hoy, Hue, Kehoe, Keogh, MacKeogh and many more.

First found in Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times at Ballymackeogh, and were descended from the MacKeoghs who in turn were descended from their eponymous ancestor Eochaidh O'Kelly one of the ancient Kings of Ui Maine.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoye research. Another 454 words(32 lines of text) covering the years 1534, 1653, 1725, 1798, 1828, and 1893 are included under the topic Early Hoye History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hoye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Hoye:

Hoye Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael Hoye, aged 25, landed in New York in 1812
  • Patrick Hoye, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815

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  • James Patrick Hoye (b. 1971), American Major League Baseball umpire
  • Rico Hoye (b. 1974), American professional heavyweight boxer
  • Daniel O. "Dan" Hoye, American politician, Los Angeles City Controller (1937–1961)
  • John Hoye (b. 1957), British actor and bass guitarist


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The Hoye Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hoye 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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