The French surname Deyo is a modern corruption of the French Hugenot name d’Oiau. The name is first recorded in New Paltz New York in 1677 brought there by a French Hugenot settler Christian Deyo. Christian Deyo was born in the province of Artois, France (c.1610), and married Jeanne Wibau (c. 1642), by whom he had five children. Christian and his family relocated to Mannheim, Germany in 1660 to avoid religious persecution. The family then traveled to America on the same ship as Abraham Hasbrouck in 1675. Christian Deyo and his son Pierre both signed a patent and became two of the twelve original trustees of New Paltz, New York.