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This name is an example of that sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. These nicknames were given with reference to a variety of characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics, supposed resemblance to an animal's or bird's appearance or disposition, or to habits of dress and occupation. In this instance, Coe derives from the Northern Middle English "kay", ultimately from the Old Norse "ka", jackdaw.

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