Hovay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Hovay come from its first bearer, who was a person with the characteristics of an owl. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demigods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk-tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.
Early Origins of the Hovay family
The surname Hovay was first found in Gloucestershire where the name Povey is a provincialism for an owl. 
Early History of the Hovay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hovay research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1705, 1650, 1660, 1652, 1743, 1690, 1706, 1702, 1706, 1621, 1679, 1673 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Hovay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hovay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hovay has been spelled many different ways, including Povey, Povy and others.
Early Notables of the Hovay family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Povey (1613-1705) FRS, London merchant and politician, active in colonial affairs from the 1650s, he was a member from 1660 of Charles II's Council for Foreign Plantations.
Charles Povey (c. 1652-1743), was an English miscellaneous writer...
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Migration of the Hovay family to Ireland
Some of the Hovay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hovay family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hovays to arrive in North America: Anne Povey and her husband who settled in Barbados in 1697; James, John and William Povey arrived in Philadelphia between 1174 and 1852.
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.