Most of my research seems to indicate that the name Loy is spread throughout most of Europe. There seems to be some evidence that the name originated with the Huns and as they spread through Western Europe they settled in these areas. My particular line going back to Mathias Loy in Germany seems not to have originated there but instead we hailed from France and only went to Germany when the Edict of Nates was revoked and the persecution of French Protestants began once more.
One source on French genealogy gives another source for the Loy surname. It is said that the name originated with Alois, an early French bishop who is also know as St. Eligius. He incidently is the patron saint of smiths hence the root of the word alloy.
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