of ancient Scotland
were the tribe of the ancestors of the McOy family. The name McOy is derived from the personal name Aodh,
a cognate of Hugh.
The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Aoidh
and in Inverness, the Gaelic form of the name McOy is Mac Ai.
Early Origins of the McOy family
The surname McOy was first found in Sutherland
(Gaelic: Cataibh), a former county in northern Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Highland, where early records show that Gilcrest M'Ay, forefather of the MacKay family of Ugadale, made a payment to the constable of Tarbert in 1326. It is claimed that the Clan
is descended from the royal house of MacEth.
Early History of the McOy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McOy research.Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1408, 1411, 1429, 1329, 1506, 1575, 1873, 1940, 1640, 1692, 1689, 1726 and 1692 are included under the topic Early McOy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McOy Spelling Variations
Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations
. In various documents, McOy has been spelled MacKay, MacCay, MacQuey, MacQuoid, MacKaw, MacKy, MacKye, MacCoy, McCoy and many more.
Early Notables of the McOy family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Hugh Mackay (c.
1640-1692), Scottish general, Major-General Commanding in Chief in Scotland
in 1689, killed at the Battle of Steinkeerke; and... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McOy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McOy family to Ireland
Some of the McOy family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 133 words (10 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 McOy family to the New World and Oceana
The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name McOy: Denis McCoy and his wife Catharine, who were colonists in Amelia county, Virginia in 1719; Agnes, Angus
, Alexander, Anna, Catherine, Daniel, George, James, John, Margaret, Neil, Samuel and William McKay, who all arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772.
The McOy 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: Manu forti
Motto Translation: With a strong hand.
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