The distinguished surname Goy is one of the many names that was brought to France in the wake of the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name is derived from "Gouy," the name of a village located on the Seine River in Upper Normandy
, and was most likely first borne in England
by Norman settlers who hailed from this region.
Early Origins of the Goy family
The surname Goy was first found in the South of England
, where the family was granted lands for having served William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings. The earliest known bearer of the name was Robert le Goiz, who was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls in 1201.
Early History of the Goy family
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Goy Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Goy family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Goy family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Goy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Hryhor Goy, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1898
Contemporary Notables of the name Goy (post 1700)
- Peter John Goy (b. 1938), former English professional footballer
- Malcolm Goy, British photographer
- Dr. Edward Dennis Goy (1926-2000), well-known and somewhat controversial literary critic and translator
- Luba Goy (b. 1945), Belgian-Canadian actress and comedian, and one of the stars of "Royal Canadian Air Farce"
- Philippe Goy (b. 1941), French science fiction writer