McCoy (surname)

McCoy (surname)
Family name
Meaning "son of Aodh"
Region of origin Southern Isles of Scotland, Ulster Ireland
Language(s) of origin Gaelic
Related names McKay, McKoy, McKey, McKee, McCay, McKie, McGee, Mac Aoidh, McHugh
Footnotes: Frequency Comparisons[1]

McCoy is a common surname of Irish (Gallowglass) origin. It is an Anglicisation of its Irish Gaelic form Mac Aodha, meaning "son of Aodh" (an old word for Fire - a Celtic deity). It is particularly found in Ulster (Counties Antrim, Armagh and Monaghan) where many settled around the 13th century, having been Gallowglasses, and also in counties Limerick and Cork. Aoidh and Mac Aoigh were sometimes Anglicised as Hugh and McHugh.

The origin of the idiom "the real McCoy" is unknown



Use in fiction

  • Alice McCoy (Digimon), a character in Digimon Tamers
  • Dr. Henry "Hank" P. McCoy, aka 'Beast' from Marvel Comics' X-Men
  • Jack McCoy, a character in Law & Order TV series
  • Leonard McCoy, a doctor on Star Trek: The Original Series
  • Sherman McCoy, a character in The Bonfire of the Vanities
  • Danny McCoy, a character in Las Vegas, a TV series
  • Josie McCoy (sometimes referred to as "Josie James" and less frequently "Josie Jones"), a character in the Josie and the Pussycats franchise.
  • Ray McCoy, the main character of the 1997 video game Blade Runner.
  • Elliot McCoy,

Other uses


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