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Troy Name Meaning

Irish (Munster): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Troighthigh ‘descendant of Troightheach’, a byname meaning ‘foot soldier’. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Troyes in Aude, France. There was also an Anglo-Norman family of this name in Ireland. Americanized form of some like-sounding Jewish surname or an Americanized spelling of Treu. French: habitational name from a place in the Haute-Garonne. Dutch: from a short form of the female personal name Geertrui(de), Dutch form of Gertrude (see Trude). Dutch: from Middle Dutch troye ‘doublet’, ‘jerkin’, possibly a metonymic occupational name for a tailor, or a nickname for someone who wore a striking garment of this kind.

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


Similar surnames: Toy, Terry, Roy, Trow, Goy, Toro, Tracy, Hoy, Croy, Krol

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Where is the Troy family from?

You can see how Troy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Troy family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Troy families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Troy families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 28% of all the recorded Troy's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Troy families in 1840.
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What did your Troy ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Troy. 17% of Troy men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Troy women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Troy were Clerk 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

  • Laborer
    17%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

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

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Troy. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Troy. For the veterans among your Troy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Troy lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Troy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Troy in 1943 was 74, and 78 in 2004.

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