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Origins Available: French, Scottish
The ancestors of the first families to use the name Roy lived in ancient Scotland in the kingdom of Dalriada. The name was then used as a nickname for a person with red hair. Roy is a nickname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Roy comes from the Gaelic word ruadh, which means red. Thus, the original bearers of the surname Roy would have been known for their red hair, or possibly, a ruddy complexion.
The surname Roy was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from very early times, where some say before the Millenium.
In various documents Roy has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Roy, Roys, Roye, Roi, McRoy and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roy research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1488 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Roy History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Roy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Roy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 274 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Roy family emigrate to North America:
Roy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Roy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Roy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Roy Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Roy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Roy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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: Qua tendis
Motto Translation: Whither do you steer.
The Roy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roy 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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