Motto: Per mare, per terras
Translation: By Sea, By Land
Sept: Listed as a sept of the clans Farquharson,
Campbell, MacLeod, Gunn, MacNaughton, Donald
Spelling: Spelling variations of this name include: Coig, MacQuagge,
MacQuage, MacQuaig, McQuaig,
McQuag, MacCuaig, McCuaig, MacCowag, McCowag, McCrivag and more.
Origins of the name: The
surname Coig originated among the Celtic people of ancient Scotland. They spoke Scots Gaelic,
a language that survives to this day and is closely related to the Goidelic
spoken in Ireland.
This is a language rich in idiom and expression whose influence is felt
throughout Scotland and
particularly so in the Highlands. The word
"coig" means "five" in Gaelic. In Goidelic, the same word
is "cuig". However, it is unlikely that the name derived from this
word in its inception. At present, there is some confusion about where and in
what form the surname Coig first appeared. Our research so far points to a
possible Irish beginning in the form "O'Quig", which later became
McQuig when some of the family settled in Scotland. Another possibility is
that it originated in Scotland
as "MacCooish" or "MacCuag" which are included in the list
of septs of the clan MacDonald. But a more likely provenance is the form
“MacCaig”, which is included in the list of septs of the clan MacLeod of
Harris. Also, the clan Farquharson lists "MacCaig",
"MacCuag" and "MacQuaig" among its families. To the best of
our knowledge, our family name is now extinct in Scotland in its present form, but
it may survive in one or more of its alternative spellings. The
"Coig" form survives mainly in France,
Spain and the United States.
Location: This clan is first found in the Hebrides where they held a family seat.
They were located in Islay
where they were recognized as a Sept. of Clan Donald. Later they were also found
on the Isle of
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