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Where did the English Coventreye family come from? What is the English Coventreye family crest and coat of arms? When did the Coventreye family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Coventreye family history?

The ancestors of the name Coventreye date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Coventreye family lived in Coventry in the county of Warwick.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Coventreye are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Coventreye include: Coventry, Coventrie, Coventre, Coventreye and many more.

First found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coventreye research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1291, 1578, 1640, 1625, 1606, 1661, 1626, 1629, 1619, 1686, 1672, 1674, 1628, 1680, 1661, 1680, 1629, 1699, 1660, 1661, 1661, 1679, 1681, 1687, 1689, 1699, 1652, 1641, 1642, 1636 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Coventreye History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 283 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coventreye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Coventreye or a variant listed above: Miles Coventrie who settled in St. Christopher in 1635; Joseph Coventry settled in Barbados in 1654; Charles settled in New England in 1769; Thomas settled in New England in 1732..

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Candide et constanter
Motto Translation: Fairly and firmly.

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The Coventreye Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coventreye Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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