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What does Coy mean?

Coy Pronunciation of Coy [coy] as a boys' name. May possibly mean "woods", or "quiet place". Possibly a transferred use of the surname Coy or McCoy, a variant of McKay, meaning "son of Aodh" (see Aidan).

Associated with: woods (tree), surname.


Coy has 1 variant: Coye.

Creative forms:
(male) Cot, Coyt, ..

(female) Coyca, Coyce, ..

Middle name pairings:
Coy Rey (C.R.), ..

How popular is Coy?

Coy is a somewhat popular first name for men (#693 out of 1220, Top 57%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#2142 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Coy reached its apex position of #386 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #1289 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Coy name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Coy outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Aidan (#185 from recent data) is the only other prominent varying form of Coy (#1289 from recent data). These relations of Coy were favored a decade ago (average #515) and are now significantly less widespread (#737, down 75.8%), with versions such as Coy becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Coy, Aidan in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Aidan outside U.S.

Similar Names

Coy is alike in pronunciation to Caeo, Cai, Caio, Caw, Cayo, Coe, Kai, Kay, Kaye, Keh, Key, Keye, Koa and Kye. Other recommended names are Cloy, Cob, Coby, Cody, Col, Con, Cor, Cory, Coty, Cox, Croy, Cy, Loy and Roy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Coy.