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Goy Name Meaning

French: from the Old French word goi (Latin gubia) denoting a type of bill hook or knife used by vine-growers or coopers, hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a maker or user of such implements. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in France named Gouy, for example in Aisne or Pas-de-Calais. Galician: probably a habitational name from Goy in Lugo province, Galicia. German: northwestern variant of Gau.

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


Similar surnames: Gay, Moy, Toy, Loy, Guy, Goya, Hoy, Roy, Foy, Way

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Where is the Goy family from?

You can see how Goy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Goy family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Goy families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Goy families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Goy's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Goy families in 1840.
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What did your Goy ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Goy. 23% of Goy men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Goy women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Goy were Salesman and Housewife.

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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

  • Farmer
    23%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Truck Driver
    6%
  • Salesman
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    20%
  • Cook
    13%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housewife
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Goy. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Goy. For the veterans among your Goy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Goy lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Goy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Goy in 1960 was 41, and 83 in 2004.

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