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The ancient Scottish name Covey was first used by someone who worked as a tender of cattle. The name is an adaptation of the Old English word cuhyrde, of the same meaning. It derives from the roots, cu, meaning cow, and hierde, meaning herdsman. The family were "mainly from the ancient barony of Cowie in Kincardineshire." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
[2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Covey Early Origins



The surname Covey was first found in Kincardineshire (Gaelic: A' Mhaoirne), a former county on the northeast coast of the Grampian region of Scotland, and part of the Aberdeenshire Council Area since 1996. Cowie is a small village "situated at the mouth of the river Cowie, which falls into a bay of that name, forming a small and commodious harbour." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Cowie Castle is a ruined fortress nearby and is thought to have been the site of a royal hunting lodge in the Middle Ages. Cowie Chapel also known as the Chapel of St. Mary and St. Nathalan is a ruined chapel but is one of the oldest surviving structures in Kincardineshire. On of the first records of the family was Herbert de Cowy who witnessed a charter by Nicholas de Dumfres in 1394. Years later, John Cowy was admitted burgess of Aberdeen in 1505. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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Covey Spelling Variations


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Covey Spelling Variations



In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Covey has appeared as Cowie, Cowey, Cowy, Covie, Cowye, Covey, Cowwie, Cowwey, Coavie, Coawie, Kowie, Kowey, Kovey and many more.

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Covey Early History


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Covey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Covey research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1040, 1394, 1505, 1600, 1512, 1642 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Covey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Covey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Covey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Covey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Covey In Ireland


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Covey In Ireland



Some of the Covey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Among them:

Covey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • B Covey, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Covey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Charles Covey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Covey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Covey arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Covey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Covey (post 1700)



  • Joy Covey (1963-2013), American businesswoman, former CFO for Amazon, ranked No. 28 on Fortune's Most Powerful Women in Business list in 1999
  • Arthur Sinclair Covey (1877-1960), American muralist
  • Rachel Covey (b. 1998), American Young Artist Award nominated child actress, best known for her role in Enchanted (2007)
  • Colonel Richard Oswalt Covey (b. 1946), United States Air Force officer, former NASA Astronaut with over 646 hours in space
  • Hyatt Elmer Covey (b. 1875), American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 26th District, 1919-26; Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota, 1927-29
  • Harry E. Covey, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Wethersfield, 1942
  • H. Dale Covey, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Raleigh County; Elected 1962, 1964
  • Ernest A. Covey, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives, 1951-58 (43rd District 1951-52, 41st District 1953-58)
  • Craig Covey, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Ferndale, Michigan, 2013
  • Allie E. Covey, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1936
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Covey Historic Events


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Covey Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Master Melvin  Covey (1911-1917), Canadian resident from Protestant Orphanage, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Victor  Covey (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Protestant Orphanage, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss May  Covey, Canadian resident from Protestant Orphanage, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Suggested Readings for the name Covey


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Suggested Readings for the name Covey



  • Ancestors and Descendants of Walter Covery, Dutchess County, New York (1750-1834) by Mary Lancaster Quist.

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Citations



  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm

Other References

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  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  4. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Covey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Covey 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.

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