The chroniclers of French history recorded the origin of the name O'Coy in the ancient province of
. O'Coy was a name for a person who lived at the corner of a street or village. This name is composed of the Old French word au, which means to the and coin, which means corner.
, a former county, duchy and province centred on the city of Angers in the lower Loire Valley of western France where they held a family seat.
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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name O'Coy include Aucoin, Aucon, Aucin, Aucoins, Aucouin, Aucoing, Aucoi, Aucoit, Aucoy, Aucoie, Aucois, Auccoin, Auccon, Auccin, Auccoins, Auccoing, Auccoi, Auccoit, Auccoy, Auccoie, Auccois, Ocoin, Ocon, Ocin, Ocoins, Ocoing, Ocoi, Ocoit, Ocoy, Ocoie, Ocois, Occoin, Occon, Occin, Occoins, Occoing, Occoi, Occoit, Occoy, Occoie and many more.
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name O'Coy has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name O'Coy were
O'Coy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Eliza Maud O'Coy, aged 39, who emigrated to America from Plymouth, England, in 1914