Foy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Foy originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Fiaich," derived from the word "fiach," which means "raven."

Early Origins of the Foy family

The surname Foy was first found in County Cavan, north Connacht, and Fermanagh, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Important Dates for the Foy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foy research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Foy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Foy Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Foy can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Foy, Fee, Fye, Fey and others.

Early Notables of the Foy family (pre 1700)

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Foy migration to the United States

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Foy name:

Foy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Foy, who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Alec Foy, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [1]
  • Elizabeth Foy, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [1]
  • Margaret Foy, who arrived in Maryland in 1674 [1]
  • Hugh Foy, who settled in Barbados in 1680
Foy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Garret Foy, who landed in Virginia in 1723 [1]
  • Margaret Foy who settled in Maryland in 1732
  • Patrick Foy, who settled in New England in 1764
  • Charles Foy, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Charles Foy, aged 18, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]
Foy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Terrance Foy, who landed in South Carolina in 1808 [1]
  • Terrence Foy, who arrived in South Carolina in 1808 [1]
  • John Foy, who landed in America in 1812 [1]
  • Henry Foy, who arrived in America in 1812 [1]
  • Betsey Foy, aged 25, who arrived in America in 1821 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Foy migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Foy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Foy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Eliza Foy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Foy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
Foy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Foy, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • John Foy, aged 30, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Biddy Foy, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Bryan Foy, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mr. Bernard Foy, aged 50 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Free Trader" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Foy migration to Australia

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

Foy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Foy, a tailor, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Foy, a carpenter, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Foy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [3]
  • William Foy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849 [4]
  • Mary Foy, aged 21, a general servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Foy 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:

Foy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Foy, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "George Fyffe" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 7th November 1842 [6]
  • Mrs. Foy, British settler travelling from London with 5 children aboard the ship "George Fyffe" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 7th November 1842 [6]
  • Mr. James Foy, (b. 1805), aged 44, British settler, born in London arriving as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [7]
  • Mrs. Mary Ann Foy née Daniels, (b. 1805), aged 44, British settler, born in London travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [7]
  • Miss Emily Teresa Foy, (b. 1838), aged 11, British settler, born in London travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Foy (post 1700)

  • Shirley Bunnie Foy (1936-2016), also known as Bunny Foy, an American jazz singer, percussionist and songwriter
  • Frederick William "Fred" Foy (1921-2010), American radio and television announcer best known for his narration of The Lone Ranger
  • Mary Foy, American librarian
  • Laura Foy (b. 1976), American television host
  • Eddie Foy (1856-1928), American vaudeville actor and comedian
  • Robert W. Foy, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 15 aerial victories
  • Des Foy (b. 1963), Irish rugby player
  • Maximilien Sébastien Foy, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [8]
  • David R Foy, President and Chief executive officer and director of Phillips Cables Ltd since 1985
  • Peter Foy (1925-2005), English stage-flight-effects specialist
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Foy family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Charles James Foy, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [9]

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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. 29)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIMLAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Simlah.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 4) Maximilien Foy. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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