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The Hoy surname is a local name derived from the name of the Island of Hoy, written in the 13th as Haey, or "high island." The island of Hoy is the second largest in the Orkneys. There is also thought to have been a place so named near the England- Scotland border, but it no longer exists.

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The surname Hoy was first found in the Island region of Orkney (Gaelic: Insi Orc, “Island of the wild pigs”) the historic northernmost island region of Scotland, an early Pictish land, which came to be a stronghold of the Vikings from the 9th century.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hoy, Haey, Hooy and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoy research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1607, 1653, 1659 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Hoy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hoy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Hoy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hoy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ralph Hoy, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1724-1725
  • Hans Jerrick Hoy, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1727
  • 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, landed in New York in 1812
  • John Hoy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Sibby Hoy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • A. T. Hoy settled in San Francisco, California in 1850
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Hoy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Hoy, who was on record in Toronto in the Census of Ontario, Canada of 1871

Hoy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Hoy, English convict from Hertfordshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila

Hoy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Hoy, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • William Hoy, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
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  • John H. Van Hoy, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1972
  • John Carter Van Hoy (b. 1958), American Republican politician, Geologist; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 2004, 2008
  • J. M. Van Hoy, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1944
  • 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
  • James P. Hoy, American politician, Representative from Michigan 11th District, 1972
  • James Hoy Jr., American politician, Postmaster at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1844-45
  • Frank Hoy, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 12th District, 1923-24
  • John A. F. Hoy, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Clarion County, 1897-1904
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    2. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    3. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    10. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
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