Moyes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Moyes was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Moyes 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.

Early Origins of the Moyes family

The surname Moyes 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.

Important Dates for the Moyes family

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Moyes Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Moyes have been found, including Moy, Moye, Moys, Moyse, Moyes, Moses, Moesen, Moi and others.

Early Notables of the Moyes family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Moyes family to Ireland

Some of the Moyes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Moyes migration to the United States

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Moyes were among those contributors:

Moyes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Moyes, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • John Moyes, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [1]
Moyes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Magin Moyes, aged 14, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1828 [1]
  • Pablo Moyes, aged 29, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1833 [1]
  • Andrew Moyes, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [1]
  • George Moyes, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [1]

Moyes migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Moyes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Moyes, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Catherine" [2]
  • William Moyes, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851 [2]
  • Mary Moyes, aged 22, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851 [2]
  • Levi Moyes, aged 1, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851 [2]
  • Thomas Frederick Moyes, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Moyes migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Moyes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Moyes, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • Mr. William Moyes, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William Watson" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th February 1859 [3]
  • Mr. Agnus Moyes, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1864 [3]
  • Mrs. Moyes, Scottish settler with 5 children travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1864 [3]
  • Miss A. Moyes, (b. 1855), aged 19, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Varuna" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th May 1874 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Moyes (post 1700)

  • Jerry Moyes, American founder, chairman and CEO of Swift Transportation, one of the largest trucking companies in America
  • W. W. Moyes, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 11th District, 1929-30 [4]
  • Chris Moyes OBE (1949-2006), English co-founder of Go Ahead Group, one of the United Kingdom's largest transport businesses
  • Henry Moyes (1750-1807), English lecturer on natural philosophy
  • Gordon Keith Mackenzie Moyes AC (1938-2015), Australian Christian evangelist, broadcaster and former politician
  • James Moyes (1851-1921), Scottish writer, theologian, and controversialist from Edinburgh
  • Kris Moyes (b. 1978), Australian-born director and producer
  • Harry Moyes (b. 1896), Australian rules footballer
  • Patricia Moyes (1923-2000), Irish-born, British mystery writer, nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1971
  • Jojo Moyes (b. 1969), British novelist, two-time winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Moyes family

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Ronald Moyes (d. 1945), British Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [5]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. William Young Moyes (d. 1912), aged 23, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [6]

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CATHERINE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Catherine.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  6. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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