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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."  Covington dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Covintune. 
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 (now part of Cambridgeshire.) 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 245 words (18 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.
More information is included under the topic Early Covington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Covington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Covington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Covington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Covington 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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