Early Origins of the McCoo family
The surname McCoo was first found in County Cork
(Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where they trace their origins through Amhailgadh, brother of Flaitheartach on the Maguire pedigree. He was in turn ancestor of MacAodh. CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
This line was native Irish, not to be confused with the group who descend from Mary MacCoy, wife of Duncan Campbell, of Inverary, Scotland
who settled in Ulster
, part of the Plantation of Ireland
. They held lands in Londonderry.
Early History of the McCoo family
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McCoo Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name McCoo have been found, including: MacCoy, MacCooey and others.
Early Notables of the McCoo family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McCoo family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name McCoo, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Daniel MacCoy settled in Virginia in 1716; along with Denis, his wife Catherine; Hugh, John, Patrick, and Paul MacCoy settled there between 1716 and 1720.
Contemporary Notables of the name McCoo (post 1700)
- Marilyn McCoo (b. 1943), American singer, actress, and television presenter, best known as the lead female vocalist in the group The 5th Dimension, as well as hosting the 1980s music countdown series Solid Gold
- Eric Franklin McCoo Jr. (b. 1980), American former NFL football running back