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

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

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.


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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.

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

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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.

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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


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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  • William Ellsworth "Dummy" Hoy, American Baseball player
  • Jill Hoy, American visual artist
  • Peter Alexander Hoy (b. 1966), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • William Harry Hoy (b. 1955), American film editor, known for his work on 300 (2006), Watchmen (2009) and I, Robot (2004)
  • Robert Francis "Bobby" Hoy (1927-2010), American actor, stuntman and director who appeared in more than 67 films
  • Sir Christopher "Chris" Hoy MBE (b. 1976), Scottish nineteen-time gold, nine-times silver and bronze medalist cyclist
  • James Hutchison Hoy (1909-1976), Baron Hoy, Scottish politician, Member of Parliament for Leith 1945 – 1950
  • Henry Albert Hoy (1855-1910), English locomotive engineer with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
  • Andrew Hoy (b. 1959), Olympic-level equestrian rider, who competes for Australia
  • Pat Hoy (b. 1950), Canadian politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

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

This page was last modified on 2 March 2015 at 17:13.

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