Coyne Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Coyne Family History

If you are conducting some Coyne family history research then you can view the Coyne coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Coyne surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


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The ancient origin of the name Coyne was found in the archives.

Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.

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 family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Coyne descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Coyne Coat of Arms

Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Ermine Associated with the robes and crowns of Royal and Noble Personages
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Bend A bearing of High Honour which signifies Defence or Protection.
Canton An Honorable charge
Martlet One who has been disposessed of land. Sign for fourth son. In Ireland the Martlett was the bird of perpetual movement
Spear-Heads/Pheons Symbol of 'Readiness for Military Service'
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