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Kings of Ulster until the end of the 12th Century, the chiefs of this great sept were held in high esteem, and their territory lay in the ancient district of Oriel, (Counties Armagh and Monaghan), and in the Donegal-Fermanagh area. The city of Armagh over which the Haugheys once held sway is the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ulster and the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland for some 1500 years. The name, with variants Haffey, (Armagh); Hoy, (Antrim), and the rarer (O) Hoey, is an Anglicized form of the old Gaelic O' Eachaidh. The Gaelic prefix "O" indicates "male descendant of", plus the personal byname Eachaidh, "Horseman", a derivative of "each", horse...

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Charles Cooney-Hoye

My family always insisted that the Scottish crest for Hoy (a unicorn rampant with background d’or and red lion of martyrdom at the top holding a cross)**

Charles Cooney-Hoye

I grew up always seeing the Scottish arms of Hoy (though we’ve spelled Hoye since migrating to Canada and then down through to the Midwestern US) but from what I’ve been obsessively reading recently —and the fact that my family always insisted that crest wasn’t entirely correct; that we were Irish before Scottish and the actual crest of the older/original family was different— in layman’s terms for a newcomer: could anyone explain to me to intermixing of the Irish and and the Scottish Haughey/Hoy/Hoey/Hoye families? All I can gather is that they appear at least some 400 years earlier in Ireland than they ever do in Scotland. And having always been told we were of Northern Ireland, and knowing The Ulster-Scots intermingling, am i right to guess that that likely just happened somewhere down the line? What’s the story for my at least relatives in the Haughey family :)


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