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The present generation of the Coventry family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Coventry in the county of Warwick.

Coventry Early Origins



The surname Coventry 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.

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Coventry Spelling Variations


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Coventry Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Coventry include Coventry, Coventrie, Coventre, Coventreye and many more.

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Coventry Early History


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Coventry Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coventry 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 Coventry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Coventry Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Coventry Early Notables (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 Coventry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Coventry were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Coventry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Coventry settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Joseph Coventry, who arrived in America in 1654-1679
  • Jonathan Coventry, who arrived in Maryland in 1659
  • William Coventry, who arrived in Maryland in 1661
  • Richard Coventry, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Coventry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Coventry settled in New England in 1732
  • Charles Coventry settled in New England in 1769
  • George Coventry, who arrived in New York in 1791
  • Robert Coventry, who landed in Virginia in 1792

Coventry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Murray Coventry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Christina Coventry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Janet Coventry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Mary Ann Coventry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Helen Coventry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Coventry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Coventry, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877
  • Fred Coventry, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877

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Contemporary Notables of the name Coventry (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Coventry (post 1700)



  • George William Coventry (b. 1939), 13th Earl of Coventry, English peer
  • Edward George William Oscar Coventry (1957-1997), Viscount Deerhurst, English peer
  • Francis Henry Coventry (1912-2004), 12th Earl of Coventry, English peer
  • George William Coventry (1934-2002), 11th Earl of Coventry, English peer
  • George William Reginald Victor Coventry (1900-1940), 10th Earl of Coventry, English peer
  • George William Coventry (1865-1927), Viscount Deerhurst, English peer
  • George William Coventry (1838-1930), 9th Earl of Coventry, English peer
  • George William Coventry (1784-1843), 8th Earl of Coventry, English peer
  • George William Coventry (1758-1831), 7th Earl of Coventry, English peer
  • George William Coventry (1722-1809), 6th Earl of Coventry, English peer
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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.


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Coventry Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    11. ...

    The Coventry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coventry 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.

    This page was last modified on 4 March 2015 at 16:33.

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