Choyce History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Choyce is derived from the personal names Josse or Goce. The name Choyce is derived from the Latin word "gaudere" and is cognate in origin with the words joy and joyous. The personal names Josse and Goce were made popular by St. Josse the Hermit, who refused the sovereignty of Brittany. Joyce was used primarily as a female personal name, although some of the earlier instances were masculine. The Gaelic form of the surname Choyce is Seoigh.

Early Origins of the Choyce family

The surname Choyce was first found in Glamorganshire (Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Glywysing, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Choyce family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Choyce research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1172, 1487 and 1618 are included under the topic Early Choyce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Choyce Spelling Variations

Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations encountered while researching the name Choyce. Some of these variations included: Joyce, Joyes, Joy, Joice and others.

Early Notables of the Choyce family (pre 1700)

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Choyce migration to the United States

Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Choyce:

Choyce Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Choyce, who settled in Philadelphia in 1813

Contemporary Notables of the name Choyce (post 1700)

  • Lesley Choyce (b. 1951), Canadian author of novels, non-fiction, children's books, young adult novels,and poetry, nominated for the 2014 Governor General's Awards for Literary Merit
  • John Leslie Choyce (1930-1999), Canadian ice hockey coach, 1976-1977 CHL Coach of the Year and was awarded the Jake Milford Trophy
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