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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Loy

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  • According to a user from Japan, the name Loy is of German origin and means "It may mean, from German, "slate", "meadow" or it may be a place name. The name is also spelled Ley or Lay in Germany and was sometimes transcribed as Loy when migrating to other countries".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Loy
A long, narrow spade for stony lands.
Wiktionary

From Irish laighe.

  1. (Ireland) A type of spade used in Ireland.

loy was also found in the following language(s): Middle French

Notable Persons Named Loy

Loy Mendonsa is a singer, musician, and pianist. He plays Piano and Electric guitar. His ongoing career started in 1986.

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Loy Vaught is a basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks, and Washington Wizards. He was most prominent from 1990 to 2001. Loy was born on February 27th, 1967 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Loy W. Henderson was a United States Ambassador to Iran, United States Ambassador to India, United States Minister to Iraq, and United States Ambassador to Iraq. Loy was born on June 28th, 1892 in Rogers, Arkansas. He left this life on March 24th, 1986.

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Loy Allen Jr. is a nascar driver.

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Loy Frank Weaver is a retired banker and bank. Loy was born on June 29th, 1942 in Homer, Louisiana.

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Loy Petersen is a basketball player for the Chicago Bulls. His most notable accomplishments were from 1968 to 1970. Loy was born on July 26th, 1945.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Loy

Myrna Loy was an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1925 to 1982. Myrna was given the name Myrna Adele Williams on August 2nd, 1905 in Helena, Montana, U.S. She left this life on December 14th, 1993.

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Mina Loy was a writer: poet, playwright, novelist; actress, and designer. Mina was given the name Mina Gertrude Löwry on December 27th, 1882. She passed away on September 25th, 1966.

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Elfira Loy is an actress and model. Elfira was given the name Nurul Elfira Loy bt Ahmad Sabri on March 8th, 1994 in Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Elfira is also known as Elfira Loy and Nurul Elfira Loy Ahmad Sabri.

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James M. Loy is a United States Secretary of Homeland Security, United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, and Commandant of the Coast Guard. His military service ended in 2002. James was born on August 10th, 1942 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Rory Loy is a soccer player for the Dundee F.C., Kilmarnock F.C., Rangers F.C., Dunfermline Athletic F.C., St Mirren F.C., Carlisle United F.C., Falkirk F.C., and Scotland national under-21 football team. Rory was born on March 19th, 1988 in Dumfries, Scotland.

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David was born in 1947.

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How popular is the baby name Loy in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1881 5 0 5
1884 5 0 5
1886 6 0 6
1887 6 0 6
1888 8 0 8
1889 8 0 8
1891 5 0 5
1893 12 0 12
1894 14 0 14
1895 14 5 9
1896 12 5 7
1897 11 0 11
1898 5 0 5
1899 15 5 10
1900 15 0 15
1901 5 0 5
1902 13 0 13
1903 20 0 20
1904 8 0 8
1905 10 0 10
1906 7 0 7
1907 21 5 16
1908 6 6 0
1909 22 0 22
1910 13 0 13
1911 22 10 12
1912 35 12 23
1913 43 5 38
1914 59 13 46
1915 95 8 87
1916 100 20 80
1917 98 16 82
1918 92 13 79
1919 104 21 83
1920 105 17 88
1921 94 14 80
1922 102 9 93
1923 83 8 75
1924 94 6 88
1925 86 8 78
1926 105 12 93
1927 86 13 73
1928 95 10 85
1929 88 16 72
1930 104 18 86
1931 92 13 79
1932 95 12 83
1933 93 12 81
1934 100 16 84
1935 100 21 79
1936 77 11 66
1937 96 23 73
1938 109 28 81
1939 85 26 59
1940 88 29 59
1941 88 26 62
1942 75 15 60
1943 89 15 74
1944 62 14 48
1945 84 24 60
1946 79 21 58
1947 68 14 54
1948 74 10 64
1949 71 11 60
1950 68 19 49
1951 62 22 40
1952 69 14 55
1953 70 15 55
1954 67 23 44
1955 49 16 33
1956 54 6 48
1957 56 18 38
1958 65 15 50
1959 52 13 39
1960 52 9 43
1961 49 13 36
1962 40 12 28
1963 42 5 37
1964 32 7 25
1965 34 8 26
1966 34 8 26
1967 35 6 29
1968 24 6 18
1969 16 0 16
1970 23 0 23
1971 27 5 22
1972 33 5 28
1973 22 6 16
1974 18 5 13
1975 16 0 16
1976 10 0 10
1977 17 0 17
1978 16 0 16
1979 17 0 17
1980 13 0 13
1981 16 0 16
1982 10 0 10
1983 8 0 8
1984 7 0 7
1986 11 0 11
1987 7 0 7
1988 11 0 11
1989 5 0 5
1990 7 0 7
1991 8 0 8
1992 11 0 11
1993 12 0 12
1995 6 0 6
1996 6 0 6
1997 6 0 6
1998 10 0 10
2000 6 0 6
2002 6 0 6
2003 6 0 6
2004 8 0 8
2005 5 0 5
2006 6 0 6
2007 8 0 8
2009 6 0 6
2011 8 0 8
2017 5 0 5

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Popularity of Loy as a first name

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Popularity of Loy as a last name

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Common last names for Loy

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Wong
  • Harris
  • Thomas
  • Moore
  • Wright
  • White
  • Martin

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Loy U.S.
  White 86.68% 64.26%
  African American 0.89% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.70% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.81% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.82% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.10% 16.26%

Of Last Name Loy

People with the last name Loy are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Loy

  • How Popular is the name Loy? Loy is the 3,798th most popular name of all time. As a last name Loy was the 4,006th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Loy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,968 babies born with the first name Loy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Loy to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Loy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Loy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Loy is Thursday, March 28th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Loy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Loy was in 1922 with a total of 93 babies.
  • Random Loy Factoid: According to the 1952 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Loy is not a popular baby boy's name in Louisiana. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Louisiana have the same name as you in 1952.
  • Weird things about the name Loy: Your name in reverse order is Yol. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yol. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Loy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,868 people with the last name Loy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Loy? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Loy as their last name.

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  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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