Hoyer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Hoyer family

The surname Hoyer 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.

Early History of the Hoyer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoyer research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1534, 1653, 1725, 1798, 1828, 1893, 1534, 1653, 1725 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Hoyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hoyer Spelling Variations

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Hoyer family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Hoey, O'Hoey, Hoy, Hue, Kehoe, Keogh, MacKeogh and many more.

Early Notables of the Hoyer family (pre 1700)

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Hoyer Ranking

In the United States, the name Hoyer is the 10,216th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Hoyer migration to the United States +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Hoyer family in North America:

Hoyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Franc Carl Hoyer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [2]
  • Wilhelm Hoyer, who landed in America in 1783 [2]
Hoyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Conr Hoyer, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [2]
  • Joh Bern Hoyer, who arrived in America in 1846 [2]
  • Charles A Hoyer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [2]
  • Henriette Karoline Hoyer, who landed in America in 1854 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hoyer (post 1700) +

  • Steny Hamilton Hoyer (b. 1939), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Maryland State Senate District 4-C, 1967-78; Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, 1978; U.S. Representative from Maryland 5th District, 1981- [3]
  • Samuel M. Hoyer, American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Altoona, Pennsylvania, 1893-96, 1902-05, 1908-11; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1908 [3]
  • Joseph S. Hoyer, American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania, 1863-65 [3]
  • Isaac Hoyer, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Montgomery County, 1879-82 [3]
  • Gregory Hoyer, American Democratic Party politician, Member, Rules Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008 [3]
  • Eric G. Hoyer (1898-1990), American politician, Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1948-57 [3]
  • C. W. Hoyer, American politician, Delegate to Iowa convention to ratify 21st amendment from Ida County, 1933 [3]
  • John Hoyer Updike (1932-2009), one of the greatest and most prolific writers in modern American literature, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Robert S Hoyer (b. 1959), American Specialist 4th Class from Pasadena, Maryland, USA who died in the crash [4]
Bismarck
  • Heinz Hoyer (1921-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [5]
  • Heinz Hoyer (1921-1941), German Matrose II who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [5]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  5. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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