Loy Name Meaning

German (south and Rhineland) and Dutch: from a reduced form of the medieval personal name Eloy (Latin Eligius, a derivative of eligere ‘to choose or elect’), popularized a 6th-century saint who came to be venerated as the patron of smiths and horses. German: habitational name from Loy in Oldenburg. Dutch: variant of Lowy. Italian (Sardinian): from the personal name Loi, a short form of Balloi, a pet form of Salvatóre. Spanish and Italian: possibly from a reduced form of the personal name Eloy (see 1 above), of which the Italian form is Eligio. French (Picardy): nickname for someone who was quick to have recourse to the law: a frequent or vexatious litigant, or perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a lawyer.

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

Similar surnames: Ley, Loi, Goy, Low, Lory, Luy, Toy, Foy, Loo, Moy

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Loy Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Loy. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Loy Family Origin

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Loy Family Occupations

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In 1881, File Grinder, Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Loy. The most common Loy occupation in the UK was File Grinder. 8% of Loy's were File Grinders. A less common occupation for the Loy family was Iron Miner.

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  • File Grinder

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Iron Miner


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Loy Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Loy Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Loy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Loy in 1940 was 31, and 76 in 2004.

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