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Coish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


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Early Origins of the Coish family


The surname Coish was first found in on the Isle of Uist, in the Hebrides in Scotland, which is named for the Irish King, Colla Uais who was deposed in Ireland by Muedach Tireach and was banished with 300 of their principal chiefs to the Hebrides in 327 A.D. They became known as the kingdom of Ailech and gave birth to the kindred of St. Columba and the Abbots of Iona. Descended were the Kings of Scotland from 1034 to 1286. The MacDonalds, Kings of the Isles were descended through Somerled to MacCuish or MacCooish.

Early History of the Coish family


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Coish Spelling Variations


In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. Coish has appeared as MacCuish, MacCooish, MacCuis, MacCoise, MacKewish, MacKewsh and many more.

Early Notables of the Coish family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Coish family to the New World and Oceana


Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Coish or a variant listed above: John McCoosh settled in Pennsylvania in 1714.

Contemporary Notables of the name Coish (post 1700)


  • Raymond Coish, Professor of Geology at Middlebury College, Vermont

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