Coventray is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Coventry in the county of Warwick.
Early Origins of the Coventray family
The surname Coventray was 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.
Early History of the Coventray family
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Coventray Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Coventray family name include Coventry, Coventrie, Coventre, Coventreye and many more.
Early Notables of the Coventray family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Coventry, 1st Baron
Coventry (1578-1640), English lawyer, politician and judge, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal (1625); Thomas Coventry, 2nd Baron
Coventry (1606-1661), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1626 and 1629, member of the House of... Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coventray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Coventray family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Coventray surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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
The Coventray Motto
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.