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The surname Hoey originally appeared in Gaelic as "O hEochaidh" or "Mac Eochaidh," derived from an Irish personal name "Eachaidh," meaning a "horseman."

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The surname Hoey was first found in Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times at Ballymackeogh, and were descended from the MacKeoghs who in turn were descended from their eponymous ancestor Eochaidh O'Kelly one of the ancient Kings of Ui Maine.

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Hoey are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Hoey, O'Hoey, Hoy, Hue, Kehoe, Keogh, MacKeogh and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoey research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1534, 1653, 1725, 1798, 1828, 1893, 1534, 1653, 1725 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Hoey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Hoey or a variant listed above:

Hoey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • James Hoey who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1772

Hoey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Hoey, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • William Hoey, aged 18, landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803
  • William Hoey in settled in Charles Town in 1803
  • Owen Hoey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Charles, Dennis, John, Michael, Thomas and William Hoey, all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1877


Hoey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Brien Hoey, who arrived in Canada in 1829
  • Patrick Hoey, who arrived in Canada in 1829

Hoey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Hoey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
  • Ann Hoey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
  • Michael Hoey, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

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  • Clyde Roark Hoey (1877-1954), American politician, Governor of North Carolina (1937 to 1941)
  • Allen Hoey (1952-2010), American Pulitzer Prize nominated poet, novelist, and literary critic
  • Walter J. Hoey, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1956
  • Walter Hoey, American politician, Representative from Delaware at-large, 1970
  • Newton P. Hoey, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Murrysville, Pennsylvania, 1922-24
  • Joseph P. Hoey, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, 1961-69
  • John E. Hoey, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Laconia 1st Ward, 1938
  • James J. Hoey, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 13th District, 1907-11; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1924 (alternate), 1928, 1932, 1936
  • James F. Hoey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1928
  • Frank E. Hoey, American politician, Mayor of Bozeman, Montana, 1940-41

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  7. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
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  10. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
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