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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Foy Family Origin

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Foy Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Foy occupation in the UK was Labourer. 8% of Foy's were Labourers. Labourer, Coal Miner and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Foy. A less common occupation for the Foy family was Housekeeper.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Housekeeper


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Foy Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Foy. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 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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Foy Life Expectancy

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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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