Hoy Name Meaning

English (mainly East Anglia): metonymic occupational name for a sailor, from Middle Dutch hoey ‘cargo ship’. Northern Irish: variant of Howey 2 and Haughey. Scottish: habitational name from some unidentified minor place named Hoy, or from the Orkney island of Hoy, which was named in Old Norse as Háey, from há ‘high’ + ey ‘island’. Danish (Høy): nickname for a tall person, from høj ‘high’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Hay, Hoey, Hey, Moy, Toy, Goy, Hoye, Hoe, Loy, Hoo

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Hoy Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hoy. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Hoy Family Origin

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Hoy Family Occupations

What did your Hoy ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Hoy family was Labourer. The most common Hoy occupation in Canada was Farmer. 23% of Hoy's were Farmers. Farmer, Cultivateur and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hoy.

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  • Farmer

  • Cultivateur

  • Going To School

  • Labourer


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Hoy Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 121,000 census records available for the last name Hoy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hoy census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Hoy. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Hoy. For the veterans among your Hoy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hoy Life Expectancy

What is the average Hoy lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Hoy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Hoy in 1944 was 25, and 74 in 2004.

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