Recorded in many forms including Coit, Coite, Coyte, Coyett, Coytes, Quoit and Quoite, this is an English surname. Its origin however is very obscure. We believe that it is probably from an Olde English pre 7th century personal name "Coyt" meaning rounded, and one possibly used as a nickname, or it may have some sporting connection. The game of quoits involves throwing a ring of rope or iron over a peg, and this is one of the most ancient games known, one whose origins lies in the mists of time. It is very possible that there is some association between the game and this surname, although precisely what this is, is certainly open to conjecture. It is very surprising that the surname does not appear in any of the well known research books on surnames, as it has been well recorded since at least the times of King Henry V111, (1510 - 1547). This suggests that either all these eminent researchers over the past three centuries have missed it, which seems very unlikely, or for whatever reason they have been uncertain, and have preferred to keep their findings to themselves. Early examples of the surname recording include: Alys Coyte who married Thomas Nuttall at the church of St Michael Bassishaw in the city of London on August 16th 1546, and Sarah Coit, who married John Nichols at Charterhouse Chapel, Finsbury, on June 16th 1696.

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  • Quoit — (kwoit or koit), n. [OE. coite; cf. OF. coitier to spur, press, (assumed) LL. coctare, fr. L. coquere, coctum, to cook, burn, vex, harass, E. cook, also W. coete? a quoit.] 1. (a) A flattened ring shaped piece of iron, to be pitched at a fixed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quoit — Quoit, v. i. To throw quoits; to play at quoits. [1913 Webster] To quoit, to run, and steeds and chariots drive. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quoit — may refer to: * Dolmen * a pre medieval type of brooch * the ring used to play the game Quoits * a chakram, a weapon resembling a gaming quoit * Quoit, Cornwall, a location in the United Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • Quoit — Quoit, v. t. To throw; to pitch. [Obs. or R.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quoit — [kwɔıt, kɔıt] n [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Probably from Old French coite flat stone, quoit , from Latin culcita; QUILT] 1.) quoits[U] a game in which you throw rings over a small upright post 2.) the ring that you throw in this game …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • quoit — quoit·er; quoit; …   English syllables

  • quoit — [kwoit; koit] n. [ME coyte (Anglo Fr jeu de coytes), prob. < OFr coite, cushion (< L culcita: see QUILT): ? orig., a cushion target] 1. a ring of rope or flattened metal, used in the game of quoits 2. [pl., with sing. v.] a game somewhat… …   English World dictionary

  • quoit|er — «KWOY tuhr», noun. a person who plays at quoits; a quoit thrower …   Useful english dictionary

  • Quoit — Quoit, s. Tschakra …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • quoit — (n.) late 14c., curling stone, perhaps from O.Fr. coite flat stone (with which the game was originally played), lit. cushion, variant of coilte (see QUILT (Cf. quilt)). Quoits were among the games prohibited by Edward III and Richard II to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • quoit — ► NOUN 1) a ring of iron, rope, or rubber thrown in a game to encircle or land as near as possible to an upright peg. 2) (quoits) (treated as sing. ) a game of aiming and throwing quoits. ORIGIN probably French …   English terms dictionary

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