Show ContentsEvoy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surname Evoy originally appeared in Gaelic as "Mac Fhiodhbhuidhe," which is probably derived from the word "fiodhbhadhach," referring to "a woodman."

Early Origins of the Evoy family

The surname Evoy was first found in Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Evoy family

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Evoy Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Evoy revealed spelling variations, including McEvoy, Evoy, McGilloway, McVeagh, McVeigh, McAvoy, McElwee, McElwy and many more.

Early Notables of the Evoy family (pre 1700)

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United States Evoy migration to the United States +

Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Evoy to North America:

Evoy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Evoy, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Edward Evoy, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [1]
  • Martin Evoy, whose oath of Allegiance was recorded in Philadelphia in 1852
  • Thomas Evoy, who landed in Mississippi in 1856 [1]
  • Mr. Matt Evoy, (b. 1864), aged 28, Cornish labourer travelling aboard the ship "Teutonic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 4th May 1892 en route to the United States [2]
Evoy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • T J Morc Evoy, who immigrated to America, in 1903
  • Catherine Evoy, aged 1, who landed in America from Galford, England, in 1907
  • John Evoy, aged 3, who settled in America from Galford, England, in 1907
  • Martin Evoy, aged 32, who landed in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1908
  • May Evoy, aged 28, who settled in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Evoy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Evoy Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Mathew Evoy, aged 26, who landed in Harricott, Newfoundland, in 1917

Australia Evoy migration to Australia +

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

Evoy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Evoy (post 1700) +

  • Larry Evoy, Canadian lead singer and founder of Canadian rock band Edward Bear
  • Ken Evoy (b. 1953), Canadian founder and Chairman of the Board of SiteSell, a toy maker in the 1990s

  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. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook