Last name: Moye
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Having done an amazing amount of research I have come to several conclusions, 1)The surname, much like many others crawled across Europe throughout the 10th & 11th centuries and found it's way to England shortly after the Crusades. It's origin is found in the long disputed Southern France/Northern Spain border region, there's even a town named 'Moye' in Southern France(before the 14th century it was part of Spain).
Many Moye's left Spain and France during the early 1400's and ventured to Germany, Denmark, England & Ireland. Most of this migration took place due to wars between France & England. The name Moye entered Ireland in the late 1400's after having passed through Germany, and as a result many Germanic features can be found in their descendants. The history of Moye's in the America's is pretty well documented so I won't go into that.
Hope this helped.
I was told 5 years ago the the surname Moye, really originated in spain (from a Rabbi down in Texas, that studies crypto jews in Spain forced by the inquision, ), that the name was jewish and meant "sharp dresser" have you ever heard this? I was very very doubtful...we're southern baptist a few generations back.....but.grandma always said before she passed away about the Moye's "we come from a group of people that settled in Ireland, called ourselves scotch irish, but we have nothing to do with the people"...and my other cousin says he was told :the Moyes came flying by the seat of their pants or they'd be slaughtered.......never understood these?, but now it's making me wonder if Spain was the originator of the name, makes sense..my grandma Moye wouldn't eat pork or mix milk and meat together during a meal..
M Moye Jr
It means medium complected, origin from the French, pronounced" Mo-Yea " rhymes with Cafe.
In other words....they don't know!!!!