McCoy (surname)

McCoy (surname)
McCoy
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

Contents

Individuals

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

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • McCoy — may refer to: Contents 1 People 2 Places 3 Other uses 4 …   Wikipedia

  • McCoy — Recorded as McCoy and sometimes McKoy, this interesting surname is of Irish, Scottish and Manx origins. It is a developed form of the Old Gaelic Mac Aodha, meaning the son of Fire, originally the name of a Celtic pagan god. The McCoys came to… …   Surnames reference

  • Neal McCoy — with Military Police Security on his 2008 USO tour to the Middle East. Background information Birth name Hubert Neal M …   Wikipedia

  • Matthew Edmond McCoy — (2 June 1868 December 1929) served as Magistrate of the British Overseas Territory of Pitcairn Island in 1909. He was the son of James Russell McCoy and Eliza Coffin Palmer Young, and was the grandson of Matthew McCoy. He was one of the last… …   Wikipedia

  • McGeachie (surname) — The surname McGeachie is an Irish surname and a Scottish surname.[1] In ancient times the family name in Gaelic was Mac or Mag Eachaidh (son of Eachaidh). Crest = A Leopard Sejant Rampant proper grasping with the fore paws a weaver’s Ell Measure… …   Wikipedia

  • Cloud (surname) — Cloud or Cloude is a surname found in early England and in some native American families. Contents 1 Origins 2 Variants 2.1 Known variants 2.2 Likely variants …   Wikipedia

  • Doctor (Doctor Who) — This article is about the character of the Doctor. For a more general overview of the series, see Doctor Who. For the current Doctor, see Eleventh Doctor. Doctor Who character …   Wikipedia

  • Josie and the Pussycats (comics) — Josie and the Pussycats Josie and the Pussycats 48 Page Giant #1 (1993). Cover art by Dan DeCarlo. Publication information Publisher Archie Comics …   Wikipedia

  • List of botanists by author abbreviation — This is an incomplete list of botanists by their author abbreviation, which is designed for citation with the botanical names or works that they have published. This list follows that established by Brummitt Powell (1992).[1] Use of that list is… …   Wikipedia

  • Descendants of the Bounty Mutineers — The Descendants of the Bounty Mutineers and their Tahitan consorts include the modern day Pitcairn Islanders as well as most of the population of Norfolk Island. Their descendants also live in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”