The surname Coy was first found in Cambridgeshire 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.
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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Coy has been recorded under many different variations, including Coy, Coye and others.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Coy or a variant listed above:
Jeffrey W. Coy (1951-2018), American Democrat politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1983-2004) 
William Allen Coy (1835-1912), American Republican politician, Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, 1889-91 
Ninfa Coy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2000 
Lee L. Coy, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Senate 4th District, 1944; Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1952 
John W. Coy, American politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Polk County, 1903-04 
Harry A. Coy, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Havre de Grace, Maryland, 1934-38 
Irus Coy, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1872 
Grace Coy, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Philippine Islands, 1944 
Charles E. Coy, American Republican politician, Candidate for supervisor of Delhi Township, Michigan, 1947 
Alice B. Coy, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1948, 1950, 1952 
^ 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)
^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X