McCoy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McCoy family

The surname McCoy 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. [1] 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 McCoy family

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McCoy Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacCoy, MacCooey and others.

Early Notables of the McCoy family (pre 1700)

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United States McCoy migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • John McCoy, who landed in South Carolina in 1716 [2]
  • Paul McCoy, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [2]
  • Denis McCoy and his wife Catharine, who were colonists in Amelia county, Virginia in 1719
  • Cormack McCoy, who arrived in New York in 1738 [2]
  • ... (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 [2]
  • Bryan McCoy, aged 32, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Dennis McCoy, aged 34, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Neil McCoy, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Patrick McCoy, aged 16, who landed in Buffalo, NY in 1827 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McCoy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 immigrated 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 [3]
  • Mr. James McCoy, aged 25 who immigrated 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 [3]
  • M. McCoy, aged 1 month who immigrated 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 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia McCoy migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McCoy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Dominic Mccoy, (Boyce), (b. 1812), aged 19, Irish labourer who was convicted in Londonderry, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 16th August 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1834 in the Norfolk Island Uprising [4]

New Zealand McCoy migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

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) +

  • David McCoy (1915-2020), American skier and businessman who founded the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in 1942
  • William J. McCoy (1942-2019), American farmer and Democratic politician from Rienzi, Mississippi, Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives (2004-2012)
  • 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) [5]
  • 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
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [6]
  • Mr. John William McCoy, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [6]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Thomas McCoy, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [7]
  • Mr. Patrick L Mccoy, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [7]
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 [8]
  • 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 [8]
  • 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 [8]


Suggested Readings for the name McCoy +

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

  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bussorah-merchant
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) Frank McCoy. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McCoy/Frank_Ross/USA.html
  6. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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