Origin of the Name Moy
The origin of the name Moy
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Moy include Moye, O'Moye and Moyes. This name in Irish is O'Muighe and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Donegal.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
This name can be described as of dual origin, the first of a sept in County Donegal and the other Planters in Ulster . In 1751 we find the name recorded by the parish priest of Stranorlar as O'Moye and on the other hand we find a Henry Moy who was an undertaker in the Plantation of Ulster . Around the same time there was a noted English pirate called Lambert Moye he being of Irish descent. Their name is perpetuated in several places called Moy in Ireland today, one of which is in Donegal and another in County Down. The River Moy in County Mayo.
The Moy coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Moy descendants.