Toye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Toye is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Toye is a name that comes from the Old French given name Tieis.

Early Origins of the Toye family

The surname Toye was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from early times as Lords of the manor of Tey, after the Norman Conquest in 1066, and were granted the lands by King William after the Battle of Hastings. They were descended from the Norman French De Toye.

Early History of the Toye family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toye research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1378, 1540, 1577, 1540, 1556, 1611, 1663 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Toye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Toye Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Tey, Tay, Teyas, They, Toye, Teye and others.

Early Notables of the Toye family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Humphrey Toy, (1540-1577), English printer, born probably in London about 1540, son of Robert Toy, printer. His father (d...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Toye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Toye family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Toye or a variant listed above were: George Tay and his wife settled in Philadelphia in 1764; D. and S. Tay arrived in San Francisco in 1853; Catherine Teye settled in Virginia in 1651; John Tey settled in Philadelphia in 1748..


Contemporary Notables of the name Toye (post 1700) +

  • Dorothy Toye, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984 [1]
  • Brigadier Alfred Maurice Toye VC MC (1897-1955), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • John Francis Toye (1883-1964), English music critic, teacher and writer
  • Edward Geoffrey Toye (1889-1942), English conductor, composer and opera producer
  • John Toye (1936-1992), Scottish presenter and newsreader on Scottish Television for over 20 years
  • Wendy Toye CBE (1917-2010), British dancer, stage and film director and actress


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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