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Foy Name Meaning

Irish: variant of Fahey. Irish: variant of Fee. French: nickname, from Old French foi ‘faith’ (Latin fides), either for a pious person or for someone who frequently used this term in oaths. French: from the medieval female personal name Foy, which is from foi ‘faith’, as above.

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


Similar surnames: Fay, Roy, Loy, Toy, Fey, Goy, Fox, Hoy, Moy, Joy

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Where is the Foy family from?

You can see how Foy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Foy family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Foy families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Foy families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 14% of all the recorded Foy's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Foy families in 1840.
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What did your Foy ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Foy. 17% of Foy men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Foy women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Foy were Clerk and Stenographer.

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    17%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Foy. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Foy. For the veterans among your Foy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Foy lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Foy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Foy in 1942 was 29, and 75 in 2004.

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