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Multiple Origins for the Surname Roy


French


The name Roy has a history dating as far back as the Middle Ages. It was a Bretonname for a person who acted the role of the king in local festivals, or who habitually put on regal airs. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old Fench word rei, meaning king.

Roy Early Origins



The surname Roy was first found in Brittany, where this eminent family held a family seat since ancient times.

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Roy Spelling Variations


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Roy Spelling Variations



Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Roy some of which are Roys, Roy, Roais, Roays, Roaiz, Roi, Rois, Le Roy, La Roy, Les Roys, Des Roys and many more.

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Roy Early History


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Roy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roy research. Another 373 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1181, 1253, 1261, 1357, 1457, 1503, 1684, 1785, and 1832 are included under the topic Early Roy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Roy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Roy Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roy Notables 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



In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Roy has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Roy were

Roy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry and Margaret Roy who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Jacob Roy, aged 42, landed in New York in 1647
  • Hugh Roy settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Christian Roy, who arrived in Maryland in 1673

Roy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Roy, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1700
  • Daniel Roy settled in Virginia in 1700
  • Jacques Roy, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1700
  • Bryan Roy, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Francois Roy, aged 30, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Roy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Roy, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Juan Bautista Roy, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Mrs. Roy, aged 45, settled with her three children in New Orleans in 1821
  • George Roy, aged 26, arrived in Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1822
  • James Roy, aged 24, landed in Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1822
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Roy Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Benoit Roy, who arrived in Canada in 1632-1760
  • Hierosme Roy, who landed in Quebec in 1643
  • Jean Roy, who arrived in Montreal in 1659
  • Bastien Roy, who landed in Quebec in 1665
  • Louis Roy, who landed in Quebec in 1685

Roy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Walter Roy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Genevieve Roy, aged 44, landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767

Roy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jane Roy, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  • John Roy, aged 22, a gardener, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Roy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Roy (post 1700)



  • David Tod Roy (1933-2016), American sinologist and scholar of Chinese literature
  • William Burton Le Roy, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County 4th District, 1889, 1890
  • H. Eugene Le Roy, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 11th District, 1932
  • Vesta Roy (1925-2002), American politician and acting governor of New Hampshire 1982-1983
  • J Stapleton Roy (b. 1935), American (Chinese-born) diplomat and Asian affairs expert, US ambassador to Singapore 1984-1986
  • J Edmond Roy, French author who wrote the history of the domain of Lauzon
  • Irma Roy (1932-2016), Argentine actress and politician, Member of the Argentine Chamber of Deputies (1995-2005)
  • Juthika Roy (1920-2014), bhajan singer from India
  • Brigadier Arthur Richard Roy (b. 1902), Canadian Commanding Officer 15th Canadian Brigade
  • Catherine Murray Roy CBE, RRC, MM, Matron-in-Chief, Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Roy Historic Events


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Roy Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Ian A Roy (b. 1923), New Zealander Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Dunedin, New Zealand, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Roy, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835

Other References

  1. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  8. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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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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