Covit History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Covit family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the lush region of Cove, in Suffolk.

Early Origins of the Covit family

The surname Covit was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times in the two hamlets of North and South Cove in Suffolk [1] which were held at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 by Count Alan of Brettagny. [2] Conjecturally the name is descended from that source.

Much further to the north in Scotland, Cove is a village in the parish of Nigg in Aberdeenshire. [3]

Early History of the Covit family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Covit research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1273, 1330, 1293, 1330, 1642 and 1793 are included under the topic Early Covit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Covit 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 Covit include Cove and others.

Early Notables of the Covit family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Covit family

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 Covit or a variant listed above: Margarett Cove who sailed to Virginia in 1634.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook
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