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Troy

Troy has several possible meanings and etymologies behind it:

  • it comes from a surname derived from a city in Troyes, France, used to describe someone who came from there. The name comes from Latin Tricasses, the name of a Gallic tribe that lived in the area. The first part of the name comes from tri meaning “three” although the second element, cass-, is a little trickier. It may mean “bronze, tin, brass” or “battle”;
  • Troy may also be the Anglicized form of a Gaelic surname, Ó Troighthigh meaning “descendant of Troightheach”, the latter a person name meaning “foot soldier”;
  • Troy is also the name of an ancient city in Asia Minor in what is now Turkey, that features in Homer’s Iliad, in which a ten year war between the Trojans and the Greeks rages on over the abduction of Helen by Paris, son of King Priam. It was known as Troia in Ancient Greek and Latin, as well as Ilium by the Romans; the name may have been derived from the name of a king, Tros, the founder of Troy and its ancestors, and the father of Ganymede, who was taken by Zeus and made the official cupbearer of the gods in Mount Olympus. I couldn’t find the etymology behind the name;
  • it may also be an Americanized spelling of Treu, a German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) surname meaning “true, loyal, faithful” in Middle High German;
  • it could also be a Dutch surname, derived from Middle Dutch troye, meaning “doublet, jerkin”, either an occupational name for a tailor or a nickname for someone who wore a particular garment that was striking enough to be singular;
  • I’ve also seen it listed as being a Dutch short form of Gertrude, from a Germanic name meaning “spear of strength”.

Origin: Latin, Gaelic, Ancient Greek, German, Dutch

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Variants:

  • Troye (English, French)
  • Troi (English)

 

Female forms:

  • Troya
  • Troia (Latin, Greek)
  • Troi (English)

 

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