Kilcoyne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Kilcoyne is "O Cadhain," from the word "cadhan," which means wild goose. Kilcoyne, commonly seen as an alias of Coyne, is a patronymic name derived from the Gaelic name Mac Giolla Chaoine, denoting the son of a devotee of St. Caoin. Coen is also often the Anglicized version of the Gaelic name "O Comhdhain."

Early Origins of the Kilcoyne family

The surname Kilcoyne was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), and Leinster. The name became confused with Coen, Kyne, and Kilcoyne, all of which have derived from it, or have been the origin of Coyne. The ancient Coens, descended from the Gaelic Caomhan, the Chief of his clann in 876 A.D. who was descended from the Princes of Hy Fiachra, and the great General King Niall of the Nine Hostages.

Early History of the Kilcoyne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kilcoyne research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1803, 1839, 1868, and 1891 are included under the topic Early Kilcoyne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kilcoyne Spelling Variations

People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Kilcoyne that are preserved in archival documents are Coyne, Coen, Cohen, Kyne, Kilcoyne, Coyney, Koyne, Koen, Kohen, M'Coyne, Coyn, Coin, Coine, Koin, Koine, Barnacle (a synonym of Coyne by translation), Barnicle, Barnycle, Barnackle, Barnicall, Barnickle and many more.

Early Notables of the Kilcoyne family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kilcoyne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Kilcoyne migration to the United States +

Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Kilcoyne name:

Kilcoyne Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Katie C. Kilcoyne, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [1]
  • John Kilcoyne, aged 35, originally from Oldham, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Liverpool, England [2]
  • James Kilcoyne, aged 21, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kilcoyne (post 1700) +

  • Martin J Kilcoyne (b. 1968), American sports director at KTVI -TV FOX 2 in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jack Kilcoyne (b. 1969), American bass guitarist for Cleveland, Ohio alternative metal band
  • Paddy Kilcoyne (b. 1975), Irish professional footballer
  • David Kilcoyne, former hurler from County Westmeath, Ireland




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