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Early Origins of the Covert family

The surname Covert was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.

Early History of the Covert family

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Covert Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Covert include Covert, Coffert, Coverte, Cofferte, Couvert, Couverte, Coveret and many more.

Early Notables of the Covert family (pre 1700)

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Covert Ranking

In the United States, the name Covert is the 3,936th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Covert migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Covert or a variant listed above:

Covert Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Teunis Janse Covert, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664 [2]
  • William Covert, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [2]
Covert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Covert, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [2]
  • Robert Covert, who arrived in Virginia in 1718 [2]
Covert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. A M Covert, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860 [2]
  • Samuel Covert, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 [2]

Canada Covert migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Covert Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Abraham Covert U.E. (b. 1745) who settled in Maugerville, Saint John River, New Brunswick c. 1783 he died in 1824 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Covert (post 1700) +

  • James Way Covert (1842-1910), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from New York 1st District, 1877-81, 1889-95, Member of New York State Senate 1st District, 1882-83 [4]
  • Richard Lee Covert, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 57th District, 1974, 1976, 1978 [4]
  • Maurice W. Covert, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1932, 1964 (alternate) [4]
  • Richard Covert (1880-1953), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Britain, 1917-22; Member of Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, 1927 [4]
  • Madison Covert, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1884 [4]
  • John Cutler Covert (b. 1839), American Republican politician, Newspaper editor; Member of Ohio State House of Representatives; U.S. Consul in Lyon, 1897-1905 [4]
  • John C. Covert, American politician, Mayor of Island Park, New York, 1950-51 [4]
  • James H. Covert, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1908; Presidential Elector for Missouri, 1924 [4]
  • Frank L. Covert (1867-1935), American Republican politician, Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney, 1905-10; Member of Michigan State Senate 12th District, 1915-18,Circuit Judge in Michigan 6th Circuit, 1919-35; Appointed 1919 [4]
  • Jacob B. Covert, American politician, Supervisor of Novi Township, Michigan, 1837-39 [4]
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  2. 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)
  3. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, May 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook