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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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Where is the Hoy family from?

You can see how Hoy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hoy family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hoy families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 39 Hoy families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 29% of all the recorded Hoy's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Hoy families in 1840.
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What did your Hoy ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hoy. 16% of Hoy men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Hoy women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hoy were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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
    16%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

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 Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Hoy. 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 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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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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