Originally, Roye was a nickname
for a person with red hair. Roye 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 Roye comes from the Gaelic word ruadh,
which means red.
Thus, the original bearers of the surname Roye would have been known for their red hair, or possibly, a ruddy complexion.
Early Origins of the Roye family
The surname Roye 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.
Early History of the Roye family
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Roye Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Roye has appeared in various documents spelled Roy, Roys, Roye, Roi, McRoy and others.
Early Notables of the Roye family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Roye family to Ireland
Some of the Roye 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Roye family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Roye, or a variant listed above:
Roye Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Donald Roye, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Roye (post 1700)
- Paladine Roye (1946-2001), award-winning Native American painter
- Orpheus Michael Roye (b. 1973), former American football defensive end
- Tim Roye (1964-2007), American music video director and editor
- Peter van Roye (b. 1950), German rower
- Bronwyn Roye (b. 1970), Australian rower
- Guy de Roye (b. 1409), French prelate
- Horace Roye (1906-2002), one of English 20th century's pioneering photographers
- Edward James Roye (1815-1872), served as the fifth President of Liberia
The Roye Motto
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.