McLoy is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The McLoy family lived in Worcestershire
. The earliest instances of the name in England
appear for the most part to be of local
origin; that is, derived from the name of the place where an original bearer lived or where he once held land, the place in this instance being a hlaw,
the Old English word for a hill.
Any individual case may also be of nickname
origin, deriving from loup,
the Old French word for a wolf,
or from one of the pet-names for Lawrence,
such as Law or Low.
Early Origins of the McLoy family
The surname McLoy was first found in Worcestershire
. Later, a branch of the family was found at Alderwasley in Derbyshire
. " The Le Foune or Fawne family held lands here in the reign of Henry III., and their heiress intermarried with the Lowes, who obtained a grant of the manor from Henry VIII." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the McLoy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLoy research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1433, 1439, 1318, 1594, 1682, 1640, 1644, 1628, 1667, 1661, 1667, 1690, 1724, 1720 and are included under the topic Early McLoy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McLoy Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Lowe, Lowes, Lowis, Lowse, Low, McLoy and others.
Early Notables of the McLoy family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Humphrey Lowe, High Sheriff
of Shropshire; George Lowe (c.
1594-1682), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Calne (1640-1644), a Royalist supporter; John Lowe (1628-1667), an English politician who sat... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McLoy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McLoy family to Ireland
Some of the McLoy family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McLoy family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name McLoy or a variant listed above:
McLoy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John McLoy, who landed in New York in 1855 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The McLoy Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Spero meliora
Motto Translation: I hope for better things.