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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. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  6. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  7. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
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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 17 February 2015 at 08:49.

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