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From "Irish Families" by Edward MacLysaght

COYNE, Kilcoyne , Kyne , Coen

The remarkable extent to which this name and its synonyms appertain to the province of Connacht, and particularly to the counties of Galway and Mayo, is illustrated by the following birth statistics:

Form of Name

Total births registered in one year

Connacht

Leinster

Munster

Ulster

Coyne

54

39

13

1

1

Kyne

27

27

0

0

0

Coen

27

21

1

2

3

Kilcoyne

15

15

0

0

 

 

 





 


The majority of the 14 born in Leinster were probably of Connacht families settled in the metropolitan area of Dublin. The first three names given above are variant anglicized forms of the Irish O Cadhain , a minor sept origionating near Partry , Co.Mayo. Coen ( and especially the form Cohen ) appears Jewish , but when met in Ireland it is almost always a true Irish name; it may , however , often be an anglicized form of O' Comhdhain ( also of north Connacht ) and not of O' Cadhain. There is another synonym of Coyne which is found around  Castlebar , viz. Barnacle , a surname which was adopted because  the Irish word cadhan means wild goose. Kilcoyne is definitely found in the birth registrations as an alias of Coyne , or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Coyne is an alias of Kilcoyne. Kilcoyne , however , as a rule is not the same name in Irish as Coyne and Kyne , but comes from Mac Giolla Chaoine , i.e son of the follower of St. Caoin. Hardiman states that the Quins , one of the assimilated families of Galway City , are in fact Coynes whose name was altered to Quin The fifteen births recorded for Kilcoyne as above were all in the counties Mayo and Sligo. The Coens were nearly all in Galway and Roscommon. The name is more closely associated with literary than with political or other activities ; apart from the distinguished Jesuit , Father  Coyne of our own day , Joseph Sterling Coyne ( 1803 - 1868 ), was a very well known playwright and satirist and was one of the founders of the English Punch ; Rev. Joseph Coyne , P.P. ( 1839 - 1891 ) , was also an author of repute and contributor to the "Nation" , as was John Coen ( born circa 1820 ).



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