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Cove Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place named Cove, examples of which are found in Devon, Hampshire, and Suffolk, from Old English cofa ‘cove’, ‘bay’, ‘inlet’, also ‘shelter’, ‘hut’, or a topographic name with the same meaning.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Cote, Cave, Hove, Coven, Cova, Love, Hope, Dove, Cover, Cope

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Where is the Cove family from?

You can see how Cove families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cove family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cove families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Cove families living in New York. This was about 33% of all the recorded Cove's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Cove families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cove surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cove ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cove. 24% of Cove men worked as a Farmer and 27% of Cove women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cove were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Proprietor
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Waitress
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Cove. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cove census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 101,000 immigration records available for the last name Cove. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Cove. For the veterans among your Cove ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cove lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Cove life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Cove in 1960 was 31, and 82 in 2004.

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