Hoy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the Hoy family

The surname Hoy was 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.

Important Dates for the Hoy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoy research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1534, 1653, 1725, 1798, 1828, 1893, 1534, 1653, 1725 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Hoy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hoy Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Hoy dating from that time include Hoey, O'Hoey, Hoy, Hue, Kehoe, Keogh, MacKeogh and many more.

Early Notables of the Hoy family (pre 1700)

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Hoy migration to the United States

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Hoy or a variant listed above, including:

Hoy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ralph Hoy, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1724-1725 [1]
  • Hans Jerrick Hoy, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1727 [1]
  • John Hoy, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1760
  • William Hoy, who was naturalized in Ohio in 1792
Hoy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Hoy, who was registered as a British Alien in the US during the war of 1812
  • David Hoy, aged 33, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • John Hoy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Sibby Hoy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [1]
  • A. T. Hoy settled in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hoy migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hoy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Hoy, aged 25 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Naomi" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In August 1847 [2]
  • Miss. Margaret Hoy, aged 5 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Progress" departing from the port of New Ross, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle In July 1847 [3]
  • Miss. Phoeby Hoy, aged 2 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Numa" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle In August 1847 [3]
  • Mr. William Hoy, aged 38 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Araminta" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In July 1847 [3]
  • Ms. Cecily Hoy, aged 22 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Virginius" departing 28th May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 12th August 1847 but she died on board [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hoy migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hoy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Hoy migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hoy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Jessie Hoy, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [6]
  • Thomas Hoy, aged 17, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • William Hoy, aged 27, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Hoy (post 1700)

  • Robert Francis "Bobby" Hoy (1927-2010), American actor, stuntman and director who appeared in more than 67 films
  • William Harry Hoy (b. 1955), American film editor, known for his work on 300 (2006), Watchmen (2009) and I, Robot (2004)
  • Peter Alexander Hoy (b. 1966), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Jill Hoy, American visual artist
  • William Ellsworth "Dummy" Hoy, American Baseball player
  • James P. Hoy, American politician, Representative from Michigan 11th District, 1972 [7]
  • James Hoy Jr., American politician, Postmaster at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1844-45 [7]
  • Frank Hoy, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 12th District, 1923-24 [7]
  • John H. Van Hoy, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1972 [8]
  • John Carter Van Hoy (b. 1958), American Republican politician, Geologist; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 2004, 2008 [8]
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 34)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 35)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 80)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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