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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Eloy, Elloy, Eley, Elley, Gloy, Gley, Loy, Ley and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name was closely identified in early medieval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Like many surnames, Loy began as a personal name, a variant of the French name Eloy or Eloi, which itself came from the Latin name Eligius. Eligius comes from the Latin word "eligere," meaning "to elect or choose." As with many personal names dating from that era, Eloy gained its popularity because it had been born by a famous saint; St. Eloy was a 6th century saint who came to be known as the patron saint of smiths and horses.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loy research. Another 164 words(12 lines of text) covering the year 1541 is included under the topic Early Loy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Loy Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Pierre Du Loy, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Ludwick Loy, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Ludwick Loy, aged 25, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736

Loy Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Loy, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Hermann Loy, who settled in New York in 1850
  • Hermann Loy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Rodolph Loy, who arrived in Mississippi in 1886

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  • Myrna Loy (1905-1993), American actress
  • Mina Loy (1882-1966), American avant-garde poet and artist


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  • The Loy Family in America by Jennie E. Stewart.
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The Loy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Loy 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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