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Coy

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Coy

"Coy" is a name of English origin, and it means "Quiet, still". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Coy
Senses
  1. Quiet; still.(Obs)
  2. Shrinking from approach or familiarity; reserved; bashful; shy; modest; -- usually applied to women, sometimes with an implication of coquetry." Coy, and difficult to win." [Cowper.]" Coy and furtive graces." [W. Irving.]"Nor the coy maid, half willings to be pressed, Shall kiss the cup, to pass it to the rest." [Goldsmith.]
  3. Soft; gentle; hesitating."Enforced hate, Instead of love's coy touch, shall rudely tear thee." [Shak.]
    synonyms: Shy; shriking; reserved; modest; bashful; backward; distant.

Etymology: OE. coi quiet, still, OF. coi coit, fr.L. quietus quiet, p. p. of quiescere to rest, quie rest; prob. akin to E. while. See While, and cf. Quiet Quit Quite

verb Coy
Senses
  1. To allure; to entice; to decoy.(Obs)"A wiser generation, who have the art to coy the fonder sort into their nets." [Bp. Rainbow.]
  2. To caress with the hand; to stroke."Come sit thee down upon this flowery bed, While I thy amiable cheeks do coy." [Shak.]
verb Coy
Senses
  1. To behave with reserve or coyness; to shrink from approach or familiarity.(Obs)"Thus to coy it, With one who knows you too!" [Rowe.]
  2. To make difficulty; to be unwilling.(Obs)"If he coyed To hear Cominius speak, I 'll keep at home." [Shak.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures ("like a wild young colt, very inquisitive but very coy and not to be easily cajoled")
  2. Showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement ("a politician coy about his intentions")
  3. Affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way
Wiktionary

From Old French coi, earlier quei (“quiet, still”), from Latin quietus (“resting, at rest”).

Compare decoy.

  1. A trap from which waterfowl may be hunted.

Abbreviation of company.

  1. (military) A company

    coy was also found in the following language(s): Middle French

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    Luke Perry is an actor. Luke was given the name Coy Luther Perry III on October 11th, 1966 in Mansfield, Ohio.

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    Coy Stewart is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 2010. Coy was given the name Tyson Coy Stewart on June 24th, 1998 in Columbia, South Carolina. Coy is also known as Tyson Stewart.

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    Coy was born on February 1st, 1958 in Houston.

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    Coy Wire is a football player. His most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to 2010. Coy was born on November 7th, 1978 in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

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    Coy Craft is a soccer player for the FC Dallas, FC Dallas Development Academy, and United States men's national under-18 soccer team. Coy was born on May 23rd, 1997 in Abingdon, Virginia, United States.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Coy

    South Park Mexican is a hip hop music rapper and rapping. He was most prominent from 1994 to 1994. South was given the name Carlos Coy on October 5th, 1970 in Houston. South is also known as South Park Mexican and Carlos Coy (real name).

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    Chris Coy is an actor. Chris was given the name Christopher James Coy on May 1st, 1986 in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.

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    Bob Coy is a former pastor of calvary chapel fort lauderdale, calvary chapel fort lauderdale, and former pastor ofcalvary chapel fort lauderdale. Bob was given the name Robert J. Coy on November 27th, 1955 in Royal Oak, Michigan.

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    Nathan was born on July 24th, 1978 in Portland, Oregon.

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    Bernard Coy is a criminal.

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    Jonathan was born on April 24th, 1953 in Hammersmith.

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    How popular is the baby name Coy in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1880 6 0 6
    1881 7 0 7
    1882 11 0 11
    1883 5 0 5
    1885 8 0 8
    1886 6 0 6
    1888 10 0 10
    1889 6 0 6
    1890 8 0 8
    1891 12 0 12
    1892 11 0 11
    1893 5 0 5
    1894 11 0 11
    1895 28 9 19
    1896 13 0 13
    1897 23 6 17
    1898 18 0 18
    1899 23 7 16
    1900 35 8 27
    1901 23 6 17
    1902 43 8 35
    1903 44 6 38
    1904 27 5 22
    1905 47 6 41
    1906 26 5 21
    1907 30 6 24
    1908 44 10 34
    1909 53 10 43
    1910 81 12 69
    1911 52 13 39
    1912 108 11 97
    1913 109 14 95
    1914 146 5 141
    1915 210 21 189
    1916 249 21 228
    1917 215 19 196
    1918 269 23 246
    1919 279 22 257
    1920 259 18 241
    1921 227 22 205
    1922 233 19 214
    1923 233 12 221
    1924 256 22 234
    1925 260 16 244
    1926 275 11 264
    1927 224 10 214
    1928 243 18 225
    1929 214 13 201
    1930 232 18 214
    1931 216 15 201
    1932 190 12 178
    1933 192 13 179
    1934 234 7 227
    1935 227 11 216
    1936 188 9 179
    1937 213 17 196
    1938 218 11 207
    1939 193 12 181
    1940 198 5 193
    1941 201 13 188
    1942 195 7 188
    1943 217 16 201
    1944 217 7 210
    1945 177 13 164
    1946 184 14 170
    1947 201 10 191
    1948 171 12 159
    1949 165 6 159
    1950 150 9 141
    1951 161 11 150
    1952 135 6 129
    1953 156 12 144
    1954 164 8 156
    1955 140 0 140
    1956 149 0 149
    1957 160 13 147
    1958 120 7 113
    1959 131 5 126
    1960 153 11 142
    1961 111 0 111
    1962 125 6 119
    1963 117 6 111
    1964 124 8 116
    1965 105 0 105
    1966 103 6 97
    1967 103 6 97
    1968 106 5 101
    1969 96 0 96
    1970 142 13 129
    1971 105 5 100
    1972 118 5 113
    1973 113 5 108
    1974 113 10 103
    1975 102 0 102
    1976 101 0 101
    1977 103 0 103
    1978 98 0 98
    1979 93 0 93
    1980 110 0 110
    1981 86 0 86
    1982 92 0 92
    1983 146 7 139
    1984 113 0 113
    1985 114 0 114
    1986 107 5 102
    1987 114 0 114
    1988 115 7 108
    1989 96 0 96
    1990 96 0 96
    1991 105 6 99
    1992 118 0 118
    1993 110 0 110
    1994 101 5 96
    1995 100 0 100
    1996 106 0 106
    1997 148 5 143
    1998 120 0 120
    1999 140 0 140
    2000 132 5 127
    2001 130 0 130
    2002 132 6 126
    2003 160 0 160
    2004 161 0 161
    2005 125 0 125
    2006 162 0 162
    2007 143 0 143
    2008 125 0 125
    2009 142 6 136
    2010 135 0 135
    2011 123 5 118
    2012 160 0 160
    2013 161 5 156
    2014 156 5 151
    2015 137 0 137
    2016 141 0 141

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    Popularity of Coy as a first name

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    Popularity of Coy as a last name

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    Common last names for Coy

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Coy U.S.
      White 82.79% 64.26%
      African American 5.89% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.59% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.55% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.96% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 8.22% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Coy

    People with the last name Coy are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Coy

    • How Popular is the name Coy? Coy is the 1,799th most popular name of all time. As a last name Coy was the 2,597th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Coy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 17,113 babies born with the first name Coy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Coy to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Coy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Coy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Coy is Wednesday, November 19th, 1873.
    • What year had the most people named Coy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Coy was in 1926 with a total of 264 babies.
    • Random Coy Factoid: According to the 1963 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Coy is not a popular baby boy's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Oklahoma have the same name as you in 1963.
    • Weird things about the name Coy: Your name in reverse order is Yoc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cyo. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Coy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,875 people with the last name Coy.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Coy? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Coy as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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