Famliy Name History


Paddy Coyne's Public House



The Irish surname Coyne is a anglicised form of the gaelic O Cadhain, meaning "descendant of Cadhan"; the name Cadhan itself comes from the Irish meaning "wild goose". Bearers of the name Coyne find their home in counties Mayo and Galway. The sept is believed to have originated at Partry in Mayo and number among the septs of the Ui Fiachrah Muaidhe. The surname is also anglicised Kyne, and is often confused with the name Coen which is properly derived from the Gaelic O' Comhdhain, and only rarely from the name O' Cadhain. The sept of the O' Comhdhain is also a branch of the Ui Fiachrach, hence the confusion, but generally hails in this instance from counties Galway and Roscommon. Another curious synonym of the surname Coyne is the Castlebar surname Barnacle; this arose through the semi-translation of the surname, the barnacle goose being a species of wildfowl commonly known in Irish as "cadhan". The surname Coyne is most common today in Mayo and in Dublin; the arms above were awarded to a Dublin famliy of Coyne in 1663. Having said this, it must be noted that number of bearers of the surname Coyne are actually of English descent, having settled in Ireland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The English surname is derived from Middle English word "coyn", meaning a "coin" or piece of money, and was adopted metonymically by one who was a "coiner" by trade, one whose profession was minting of money. The surname has been recorded in England since the thirteenth century when one John Coyne appears in thed Feet of Fines for Staffordshire in the Year 1242.


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