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

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


Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Hoyos revealed many variations, including 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 Hoyos 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 Hoyos History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoyos 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 Hoyos or a variant listed above, including:

Hoyos Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gomez De Hoyos, who arrived in America in 1814
  • Alonso Hoyos, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1854
  • Jose Hoyos, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1866
  • Pedro Hoyos, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1898


  • Lisa Hoyos, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996
  • Arturo de Hoyos (b. 1925), American (Mexican born), professor at Brigham Young University, and president of the Universidad Hispana in Provo, Utah
  • Guillermo Angel Hoyos (b. 1963), Argentine, football player and manager
  • Darío Castrillón Hoyos (b. 1929), Colombian, Cardinal of the Catholic Church
  • Jorge Martínez de Hoyos (1920-1997), Mexican actor
  • Ricardo Martínez de Hoyos (1918-2009), Mexican painter


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The Hoyos Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hoyos 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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