Last name: Roy

In the British Isles this surname is recorded as Le Roy, Leroy, Leroi, Le Roi, and Roy. It has at least two possible national origins. Firstly it may be Norman-French and introduced after the famous Conquest of 1066. The derivation is from the word rey or roi, meaning a king or chief, and in medieval times was used as a nickname either for one who behaved in a regal fashion, or who had earned the title in some contest of skill, or more likely had been elected "king for the day" in a local festival. It could also be used as a personal name as for example Roi de Scallebi listed in the Pipe Rolls of Lincolnshire in 1188. Secondly it could be of Gaelic and Scottish origins and if so a nickname for a person with red hair, from "ruadh", meaning red. The creation of surnames from nicknames was a common practice in the Middle Ages, and many modern day surnames derive from medieval nicknames referring to personal characteristics. Early examples of surname recordings include Adam le Roy in the Feet of Fines of Suffolk in 1268, and Simon Roy in the Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire in 1279. Moritius Roy was witness in Perth during the reign of James 11nd of Scotland, and John Roy was sheriff of Inverness (1563). A coat of arms granted to the y family ghas the blazon of a blue shield charged with a silver lion rampant, on a silver border eight red torteaux. The Motto, "Qua tendis", translates as "Whither do you steer". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Raie. This was dated 1206, in the Pipe Rolls of Cambridgeshire, during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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john roy
as you can see my surnam is roy however l dont know my history all l know is my familly are scottish

Rubel Roy
Roy is also a common surname among the Hindu Bengalis of Indian subcontinent

Emma Roy
My last name is Roy and my family and I live in Denmark but I got told that my family lived in the United States and Scotland in the 1800s.

Erik Roy

Coming from Norway, Roy is actually a fairly common lastname. Father always mentioned it as having Northmen (Viking) roots with some of them earning the name as being "Kingly".

Alain Roy

Interesting. A woman once told me that I had the teeth of an Irishman. However, my ancestry is traceable in Canada to 1656. My many greats grandfather was a Le Roy from France.

Kevin Roy
My name is Roy my father is Jamaican and he told me that his grand father was Scottish.

The entire scottish thing is a lie to make it easier to swallow that we have a sissy french hertiage

My mother was a Roy and her ancestors were from in and around Aviemore, Scotland. I saw the comment about John Roy being a sheriff of Inverness and I very much would like to get over there and go through church records and cemetaries. My grandfather was Vern John Roy and his father was John Vern Roy. Not very creative, but simple.

Sanjit Roy
When India was a British colony, the British gave the surname Roy to some Indians for being brave as a King. The title bestowed upon them used to be called 'Roy Bahadur' or in English 'Brave King'. Those who were given the title were expected to use them, like my ancestors. I am sure that there are as many Roy surnames in India as there are around the world. Most of them are Bengalis because Calcutta was the East British capital. It would be nice to include their history as well.


Gina Roy Hoyer
My maiden name is Roy. My ancestors came from La Rochelle France to Canada.

Darrel Roy
Both my grandparents were French Canadian?

Dinesh Roy
Roy are last name shared by many castes of Hindu Religion. Irrespective of caste all these people were valient fighters for a cause, they believed in.

yogesh roy

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