Cove 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  which were held at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 by Count Alan of Brettagny.  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. 
Early History of the Cove family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cove research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1273, 1330, 1293, 1330, 1642 and 1793 are included under the topic Early Cove History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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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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
Cove Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Cove Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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