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McCoy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: Irish-Alt , Irish , Scottish


The McCoy surname was an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Mac Aodha" from the word "adoha," which means "fire," as well as being the name of a pagan god.


Early Origins of the McCoy family


The surname McCoy was first found in Sutherland (Gaelic: Cataibh), a former county in northern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Highland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the McCoy family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCoy research.
Another 276 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1408, 1411, 1429, 1329, 1506 and 1575 are included under the topic Early McCoy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCoy Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: MacQuay, MacCay, MacQuey, MacQuoid, MacKaw, MacKy, MacKye, MacCoy, McQuay, McCoy and many more.

Early Notables of the McCoy family (pre 1700)


More information is included under the topic Early McCoy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McCoy family to Ireland


Some of the McCoy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McCoy family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCoy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Donald McCoy, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John McCoy, who landed in South Carolina in 1716 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Paul McCoy, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Denis McCoy and his wife Catharine, who were colonists in Amelia county, Virginia in 1719
  • Cormack McCoy, who arrived in New York in 1738 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCoy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel McCoy, who landed in Ohio in 1803 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Bryan McCoy, aged 32, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Dennis McCoy, aged 34, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Neil McCoy, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Patrick McCoy, aged 16, who landed in Buffalo, NY in 1827 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCoy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McCoy, who arrived in Quebec in 1838
  • Samuel McCoy, who arrived in Canada in 1839
  • Miss Ellen McCoy, aged 13 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Orlando" departing from the port of Newry, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 43)
  • Mr. James McCoy, aged 25 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Broom" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle on 20th August 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 43)
  • M. McCoy, aged 1 month who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Orlando" departing from the port of Newry, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 43)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCoy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary A. McCoy, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
  • Thomas McCoy, aged 33, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Ann McCoy, aged 29, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • George McCoy, aged 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Anne McCoy, aged 26, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McCoy (post 1700)


  • Michael Charles "Mike" McCoy (1953-2016), American football cornerback for the Green Bay Packers (1976-1983)
  • Matt McCoy (b. 1958), American actor
  • Horace McCoy (1897-1955), American writer, best known for his They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1935) which was later made into a movie 14 years after his death
  • Kansas Joe McCoy (1905-1950), American Delta blues musician and songwriter
  • Major-General Frank Ross McCoy (1874-1954), American Commanding General 2nd Army (1935-1936) [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) Frank McCoy. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McCoy/Frank_Ross/USA.html
  • Timothy John Fitzgerald "Tim" McCoy (1891-1978), American actor so popular with youngsters as a cowboy star that he appeared on the cover of Wheaties cereal boxes
  • Al McCoy (1894-1966), American middleweight champion boxer
  • Colt McCoy (b. 1986), American football quarterback
  • Charlie McCoy (b. 1941), American musician
  • Major General Robert Bruce McCoy (1867-1926), American officer in the National Guard in the early 20th century awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, and Croix de guerre during World War I
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the McCoy family



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. R L McCoy, British Assistant Pantryman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  • Mr. John William McCoy, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Thomas McCoy, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  • Mr. Patrick L Mccoy, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

RMS Titanic

  • Miss Catherine Agnes McCoy, aged 29, Irish Third Class passenger from Carrickatane, Tyrone who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 16 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  • Miss Alice McCoy, aged 26, Irish Third Class passenger from Carrickatane, Tyrone who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 16 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  • Mr. Bernard McCoy, aged 24, Irish Third Class passenger from Carrickatane, Tyrone who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 16 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

Suggested Readings for the name McCoy


  • Squirrel Huntin' Sam McCoy by Hobert McCoy.
  • The McCoys by Truda Williams McCoy.

The McCoy Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Licentiam refroena
Motto Translation: Restrain licentiousness


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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 43)
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) Frank McCoy. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McCoy/Frank_Ross/USA.html
  4. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  5. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  6. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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