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Where did the Irish McKoy family come from? What is the Irish McKoy family crest and coat of arms? When did the McKoy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McKoy family history?

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKoy research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1839, 1872, 1832, 1899, 1715 and 1774 are included under the topic Early McKoy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKoy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McKoy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Katharine McKoy, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1749
  • Mary McKoy, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1749

McKoy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George McKoy, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1812

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  • Lorna McKoy, former West Indies cricketer
  • Noel McKoy, British based soul music singer
  • Olivia Celia McKoy (b. 1973), retired female javelin thrower from Jamaica
  • David McKoy (b. 1983), Canadian football wide receiver
  • Mark Anthony McKoy (b. 1961), former Canadian Olympic athlete
  • Nicholas Paul "Nick" McKoy (b. 1986), English footballer


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  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

Other References

  1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  2. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  3. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  4. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  5. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
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The McKoy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKoy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 7 November 2015 at 18:58.

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