Show ContentsCove History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cove is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the lush region of Cove, in Suffolk.

Early Origins of the Cove family

The surname Cove was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times in the two hamlets of North and South Cove in Suffolk [1] which were held at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 by Count Alan of Brettagny. [2] Conjecturally the name is descended from that source.

Much further to the north in Scotland, Cove is a village in the parish of Nigg in Aberdeenshire. [3]

Early History of the Cove family

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Cove Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cove has been spelled many different ways, including Cove and others.

Early Notables of the Cove family (pre 1700)

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United States Cove migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Coves to arrive in North America:

Cove Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Margarett Cove who sailed to Virginia in 1634
  • Jane Cove, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [4]
Cove Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Cove, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]

Australia Cove migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cove Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Cove, English convict who was convicted in Southampton, Hampshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 28th March 1848, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) from Bermuda [5]
  • Charles Cove, aged 36, a shoemaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland"

New Zealand Cove migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cove Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Ann Cove, (b. 1828), aged 30, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cove (post 1700) +

  • William George Cove (1888-1963), British politician, Member of Parliament for Wellingborough (1923-1929) and for Aberavon (1929-1959)

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th September 2020). Retrieved from
  6. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook