Foy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The French name Foy was first used in the province of Auvergne. It was a name for someone who lived in Auvergne.

Early Origins of the Foy family

The surname Foy was first found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France.

Early History of the Foy family

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Foy Spelling Variations

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Foy, some of which include Defoy, De Foy, Foy, Foyatier, Foye, Foyot, Foyer, Le Foyer, Lefoyer and many more.

Early Notables of the Foy family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family was Jean Foy, born in Beauvais in 1632, who became a lawyer in 1649 and then a medical doctor in 1655. Louis-Etienne De Foy was ordained priest in 1730; Charles Foyer studied at the ecclesiastic college and in 1793 was elected captain of the parish of Notre-Dame of Beaupréau, for the Mauges Army; Sebastien-Maximilien Foy was a count, general, and very important politician in 1775; Louis-Isidore Foye was a politician in 1779 and was prefect of Etampes; Denis Foyatier was a sculptor in 1793 in Bussieres; Francois Foy...
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United States Foy migration to the United States +

Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Foy has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Foy 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 [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]
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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 [2]
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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 [3]
  • William Foy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [4]
  • William Foy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849 [5]
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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 [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]
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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
  • 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
  • Des Foy (b. 1963), Irish rugby player
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HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Charles James Foy, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [9]


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/brothers
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIMLAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Simlah.htm
  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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