Foy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Foy family

The surname Foy was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. However, for two centuries after the Battle of Hastings many adventurer knights crossed the Channel and claimed domains in England and Scotland. This family name was found in Suffolk where John LeFoie held domains in 1212. This rare name is derived from St.Foy.

Early History of the Foy family

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Foy Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Foy, St.Foy, LeFoy, DelaFoy, DeFoy, LeFoye, Foie and others.

Early Notables of the Foy family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Foy family to Ireland

Some of the Foy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Foy migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Foy or a variant listed above were:

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 [2]
  • Elizabeth Foy, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [2]
  • Margaret Foy, who arrived in Maryland in 1674 [2]
  • 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 [2]
  • 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 [2]
Foy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Terrance Foy, who landed in South Carolina in 1808 [2]
  • Terrence Foy, who arrived in South Carolina in 1808 [2]
  • John Foy, who landed in America in 1812 [2]
  • Henry Foy, who arrived in America in 1812 [2]
  • Betsey Foy, aged 25, who arrived in America in 1821 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada 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 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia 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
  • Mrs. Jane Foy, (b. 1797), aged 29, Irish servant who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Brothers" on 3rd October 1826, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, listed as having 4 children [4]
  • William Foy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [5]
  • William Foy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand 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 [7]
  • Mrs. Foy, British settler travelling from London with 5 children aboard the ship "George Fyffe" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 7th November 1842 [7]
  • 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 [8]
  • 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 [8]
  • 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 [8]
  • ... (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
  • Peter Foy (1925-2005), English stage-flight-effects specialist
  • Claire Foy (b. 1984), English actress
  • Maximilien Sébastien Foy, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [9]
  • David R Foy, President and Chief executive officer and director of Phillips Cables Ltd since 1985
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Charles James Foy, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [10]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/brothers
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIMLAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Simlah.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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