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The surname Loy was first found in Bavaria, where the name was closely identified in early medieval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Like many surnames, Loy began as a personal name, a variant of the French name Eloy or Eloi, which itself came from the Latin name Eligius. Eligius comes from the Latin word "eligere," meaning "to elect or choose." As with many personal names dating from that era, Eloy gained its popularity because it had been born by a famous saint; St. Eloy was a 6th century saint who came to be known as the patron saint of smiths and horses.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Eloy, Elloy, Eley, Elley, Gloy, Gley, Loy, Ley and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loy research. Another 164 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1541 is included under the topic Early Loy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Loy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Pierre Du Loy, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Ludwick Loy, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Ludwick Loy, aged 25, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736

Loy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Loy, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Hermann Loy, who settled in New York in 1850
  • Hermann Loy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Rodolph Loy, who arrived in Mississippi in 1886

  • William A. Loy (b. 1895), American farmer and politician who served as a Republican in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1953
  • Myrna Loy (1905-1993), born Myrna Adele Williams, an American film, television and stage actress, awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 1991
  • Matthias Loy (1828-1915), American Lutheran theologian in the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Ohio
  • James Milton Loy (b. 1942), American former United States Coast Guard admiral, acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security in 2005 and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (2003-2005),Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard (1998-2002)
  • Frank E. Loy, American diplomat, business and nonprofit executive, 2nd Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs (1998-2001)
  • David Robert Loy (b. 1947), American author and Buddhist philosopher
  • Angie Loy (b. 1982), American World Cup and Olympic field hockey forward
  • Egon Loy (b. 1931), German former professional football goalkeeper who played from 1954 to 1967
  • Tristan Loy (b. 1973), French long distance and marathon speedskater
  • Rory James Loy (b. 1988), Scottish professional footballer
  • ...

  • The Loy Family in America by Jennie E. Stewart.

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    Other References

    1. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    3. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    4. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    9. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
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    The Loy Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Loy 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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