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Where did the English Covington family come from? What is the English Covington family crest and coat of arms? When did the Covington family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Covington family history?

The ancestry of the name Covington dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived at Covington in Huntingdon. The name was a habitational name having derived from the Old English "Cofingtun" which meant "Cofa's settlement."


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Covington have been found, including Covington, Colvaynston and others.

First found in at Covington in Huntingdon where they held a family seat from very ancient times. There is also a Scottish branch that had an earliest record of the 12th century. How the two origins are related is uncertain. This latter Scottish branch was found at Covinton (Covington) in Lanarkshire where the name was probably derived from the Latin for "Villa Colbani." However, spelling changes were frequent as seen by Thomas de Colbainestun who witnessed a charter by William the Lion in Dumfriesshire c. 1187 and Thomas de Colbaynstun who witnessed the resignation of lands of Ingilbristoun in 1204.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Covington research. Another 308 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1204, 1296, and 1304 are included under the topic Early Covington History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Covington, or a variant listed above:

Covington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Covington and his wife Ann who received a land patent in Maryland in 1665
  • Tho Covington, who arrived in Virginia in 1665
  • Thomas Covington, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • Arthur Covington, who came to Virginia in 1683

Covington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Covington, an English convict who was sent to Maryland in 1725
  • Richard Covington, who arrived in Virginia in 1768

Covington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • E. Covington, who arrived on a ship in San Francisco in 1852
  • Susan Covington, aged 13, arrived in New York in 1864
  • Susannah Covington, aged 49, landed in New York in 1864
  • William H Covington, who arrived in New York in 1864


  • Scott Covington (b. 1976), former college and professional American football quarterback
  • Garrett Christopher Covington (b. 1909), American aeronautical engineer
  • Jerry Covington (b. 1921), American geologist
  • Warren Lewis Covington (1921-1999), American jazz trombonist
  • Chet Covington (1910-1976), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Damien Covington (1972-2002), professional American football player
  • Dennis Covington (b. 1948), American writer
  • Wickliffe Covington (1867-1938), American painter
  • James Harry Covington (1863-1939), American jurist and politician
  • Chief Petty Officer Jesse Whitfield Covington (1889-1966), American sailor awarded the Medal of Honor



  • Covington and Allied Families of the Northern Neck of Virginia by Robert Edward Dungan.
  • Covington and Kin by Elbert E. Covington.

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