Show ContentsFoye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Foye family

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

Early History of the Foye family

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Foye Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Foye were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Foy, Fee, Fye, Fey and others.

Early Notables of the Foye family

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Foye Ranking

In the United States, the name Foye is the 10,632nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

United States Foye migration to the United States +

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute due to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United States and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Foye family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Foye Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Foye, aged 44, who landed in Maine in 1812 2
  • Thomas Foye, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 2

Canada Foye migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Foye Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Foye, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749

Australia Foye migration to Australia +

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

Foye Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Margaret Foye, English convict who was convicted in Salford, Greater Manchester, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elizabeth and Henry" on 14th September 1846, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 3

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th March 2022). Retrieved from on Facebook