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Loy Name Meaning

German (south and Rhineland) and Dutch: from a reduced form of the medieval personal name Eloy (Latin Eligius, a derivative of eligere ‘to choose or elect’), popularized a 6th-century saint who came to be venerated as the patron of smiths and horses. German: habitational name from Loy in Oldenburg. Dutch: variant of Lowy. Italian (Sardinian): from the personal name Loi, a short form of Balloi, a pet form of Salvatóre. Spanish and Italian: possibly from a reduced form of the personal name Eloy (see 1 above), of which the Italian form is Eligio. French (Picardy): nickname for someone who was quick to have recourse to the law: a frequent or vexatious litigant, or perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a lawyer.

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


Similar surnames: Ley, Loi, Goy, Low, Lory, Luy, Toy, Foy, Loo, Moy

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Where is the Loy family from?

You can see how Loy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Loy family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Loy families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 59 Loy families living in Ontario. This was about 39% of all the recorded Loy's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Loy families in 1911.
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What did your Loy ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Loy. 36% of Loy men worked as a Labourer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Labourer
    36%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Cook
    10%
  • Laundry
    10%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Loy. For the veterans among your Loy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Loy lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Loy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Loy in 1940 was 31, and 76 in 2004.

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