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Where did the Irish Hoy family come from? What is the Irish Hoy family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hoy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hoy family history?

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


Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Hoy dating from that time include Hoey, O'Hoey, Hoy, Hue, Kehoe, Keogh, MacKeogh and many more.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoy 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 Hoy History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Hoy or a variant listed above, including:

Hoy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ralph Hoy, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1724-1725
  • Hans Jerrick Hoy, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1727
  • John Hoy, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1760
  • William Hoy, who was naturalized in Ohio in 1792

Hoy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Hoy, who was registered as a British Alien in the US during the war of 1812
  • David Hoy, aged 33, landed in New York in 1812
  • John Hoy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Sibby Hoy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • A. T. Hoy settled in San Francisco, California in 1850

Hoy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Hoy, who was on record in Toronto in the Census of Ontario, Canada of 1871

Hoy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Hoy, English convict from Hertfordshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila

Hoy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Hoy, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • William Hoy, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874


  • William Ellsworth "Dummy" Hoy, American Baseball player
  • Jill Hoy, American visual artist
  • Peter Alexander Hoy (b. 1966), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • William Harry Hoy (b. 1955), American film editor, known for his work on 300 (2006), Watchmen (2009) and I, Robot (2004)
  • Robert Francis "Bobby" Hoy (1927-2010), American actor, stuntman and director who appeared in more than 67 films
  • Frances "Frank" Patrick Hoy, Northern Irish-born, Scottish professional wrestler, known as Wild Angus, Angus Campbell, Black Angus Campbell or Rasputin
  • Mick Hoy, former Irish footballer who played in the 1930s
  • Sir Christopher "Chris" Hoy MBE (b. 1976), Scottish nineteen-time gold, nine-times silver and bronze medalist cyclist
  • James Hutchison Hoy (1909-1976), Baron Hoy, Scottish politician, Member of Parliament for Leith 1945 – 1950
  • Henry Albert Hoy (1855-1910), English locomotive engineer with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway



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The Hoy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hoy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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