History of your Surname
Get access to Moy family records.Start a free trial

Moy Family History

Moy Name Meaning

Irish (County Donegal): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Muighe ‘descendant of Muighe’, of unexplained etymology. The English surname (see 2) has also become established in Ulster. English (Norfolk): unexplained. Compare Moy 1. French: habitational name from places so called in Aisne and Saône-et-Loire, named in Latin as Modiacum ‘(estate) of Modius’ (see Moya 2). Norwegian: habitational name from any of several farmsteads in southwestern Norway named Moi, from Old Norse mói, the dative case of mór ‘sandy plain’. Chinese: possibly a variant spelling of Mei 1.

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


Similar surnames: May, Moya, Goy, Moe, Hoy, Mory, Loy, Mon, Mo, Toy

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Moy family from?

You can see how Moy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Moy family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Moy families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 20 Moy families living in Ontario. This was about 67% of all the recorded Moy's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Moy families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Moy surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Moy ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Moy. 39% of Moy men worked as a Farmer.

View Census data for Moy | Data not to scale

*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

  • Farmer
    39%
  • Labourer
    31%
  • Laundry
    16%
  • Laborer
    16%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Moy family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Moy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Moy census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search Canadian census records for Moy

Passenger Lists

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Moy. 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.

View all Moy immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Moy. For the veterans among your Moy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Moy military records

You've only scratched the surface of Moy family history.

Discover More

What is the average Moy lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Moy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1959. The average life expectancy for Moy in 1948 was 64, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Moy

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Moy family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial