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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.

Moyes Early Origins



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.

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Moyes Spelling Variations


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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.

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Moyes Early History


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Moyes Early History



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

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Moyes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Moyes Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Moyes In Ireland


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Moyes In Ireland



Some of the Moyes 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



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 settled in Virginia in 1637
  • John Moyes, who arrived in Virginia in 1637

Moyes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Magin Moyes, aged 14, landed in Puerto Rico in 1828
  • Pablo Moyes, aged 29, arrived in Puerto Rico in 1833
  • Andrew Moyes, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • George Moyes, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

Moyes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Moyes, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Catherine"
  • William Moyes, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851
  • Mary Moyes, aged 22, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851
  • Levi Moyes, aged 1, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851
  • Thomas Frederick Moyes, aged 22, 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 Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Moyes arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • Harriet Moyes, aged 26, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • Isabella Moyes, aged 31, a laundress, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • Euphemia Moyes, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • Jessie Moyes, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Moyes (post 1700)


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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
  • 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.)

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Moyes Historic Events


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Moyes Historic Events




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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    11. ...

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