Noyes Surname Origin
Noy is an abbreviation for Noah. 'In England, in the seventeenth century, Attorney-General Noy was succeeded by Sir John Banks, and Chief-justice Heath being found guilty of bribery, Sir John Finch obtained the office; hence it was said: 'Noy's flood is gone, The Banks appear, Heath is shorn down, And Finch sings here.'--Lower. In the Cornish British, Noi is a nephew, and Noys night.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
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