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Coy Family History

Coy Name Meaning

Irish: reduced form of McCoy. English: nickname for a quiet and unassuming person, from Middle English, Old French coi, quei ‘calm’, ‘quiet’ (Latin quietus).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Toy, Coey, Joy, Moy, Foy, Roy, Hoy, Coe, Loy, Goy

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Where is the Coy family from?

You can see how Coy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Coy family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Coy families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 62 Coy families living in New York. This was about 28% of all the recorded Coy's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Coy families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Coy surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Coy ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Coy. 20% of Coy men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Coy women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Coy were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 190,000 census records available for the last name Coy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Coy census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Coy. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 24,000 military records available for the last name Coy. For the veterans among your Coy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Coy lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Coy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Coy in 1942 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

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