Hoy Family History
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