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The origins of the Cover name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the lush region of Cove, in Suffolk.

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The surname Cover 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 which were held at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 by Count Alan of Brettagny. Conjecturally the name is descended from that source.

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cover were recorded, including Cove and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cover research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1273, 1330, 1293, 1330, 1642 and 1793 are included under the topic Early Cover History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cover Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Cover family emigrate to North America:

Cover Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • James Cover, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Jno Cover, who arrived in Virginia in 1665

Cover Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Cover, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Tetrick Cover, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1730

Cover Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • G W Cover, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1856

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  • Mrs. Giles Cover, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1924
  • Franklin Edward Cover (1928-2006), American actor most noted for starring on the sitcom The Jeffersons
  • Jack Cover (1921-2009), American scientist, inventor of the Taser


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The Cover Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cover 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.

This page was last modified on 19 May 2016 at 14:23.

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