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The name Moy was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Moy family lived in Shropshire. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England, Moy, Normandy.

Moy Early Origins



The surname Moy was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The earliest reference to the name was Jeanne de Moy, a wealthy dowager widow of William Crispin IX, Baron of Bec in France about the year 1325. The name originated in Moy in Normandy. However, the name Moy became interpreted in northwestern England and Wales, and on the Welsh border as Moyes, Moyse, and Moses, even Moesen, the latter being a Welsh version being found in Denbigh, Llangollen and Wrexham. The name was also extended to Mostyn, and became attached to Vychan, Lord of Mostyn.

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Moy Spelling Variations


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Moy Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Moy, Moye, Moys, Moyse, Moyes, Moses, Moesen, Moi and others.

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Moy Early History


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Moy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moy research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1623 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Moy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Moy Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moy In Ireland


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Moy In Ireland



Some of the Moy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Moy or a variant listed above:

Moy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Moy, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • Elizabeth Moy, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
  • Richard Moy, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • James Moy, who arrived in Maryland in 1675

Moy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Tho Moy, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • Francois Moy, aged 36, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Francois Moy who settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • William Moy, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • Killian Moy, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Moy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Jans Moy, aged 28, landed in New York in 1848
  • Joseph Moy, aged 24, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1848
  • Dennis, Edward, and Hugh Moy settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1853

Moy Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Pierre Moy, who arrived in Quebec in 1644

Moy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Moy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Moy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Moy (post 1700)



  • Christopher Andrew Moy (b. 1992), American singer and a former member of the teen group Menudo
  • Matthew Moy, American television, film, and voice actor
  • Edmund C. Moy (b. 1957), American politician, 38th Director of the United States Mint
  • George V. W. Moy, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1912
  • Deborah L. Moy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988
  • Bart Moy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2000
  • James Moy (b. 1977), British award-winning photographer

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Moy Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

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