Origin of the Name Coyne
The origin of the name Coyne
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Coyne
include Kilcoyne, Kyne and Coen. These Irish names are variant forms of the Gaelic O'Cadhain, who were a minor sept originating near Partry in County Mayo. The form Coen is an anglicized form of the O'Comhdhain sept of North Connaught. The name Coyne is most closely associated with literary activities. Famous bearers of the name include the distinguished Jesuit, Father Coyne, of modern times, and Joseph Sterling Coyne, 1803-1868, who was a well known author and satirist and was one of the founders of the English 'Punch' publication. The Rev. Joseph Coyne, 1839-1891, was a renowned author and a contributor to 'The Nation' newspaper.
The Coyne coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Coyne descendants.