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Covey Name Meaning

Irish: shortened form of MacCovey an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cobhthaigh (see Coffey ). English: unexplained. Covey is used of ‘pantry’ in the early modern period and covey ‘little chap’ (a diminutive of cove Middle English cof ‘bold eager courageous’; see Cove ) in the early nineteenth century but there is no evidence to confirm either as the source for the surname.

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

Similar surnames: Convey, Cavey, Cobey, Tovey, Coley, Towey, Cotey, Coxey, Hovey, Povey

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Where is the Covey family from?

You can see how Covey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Covey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Covey families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 63 Covey families living in New York. This was about 47% of all the recorded Covey's in USA. New York had the highest population of Covey families in 1840.
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What did your Covey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Covey. 18% of Covey men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Covey women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Covey were Carpenter and Saleslady. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Saleslady
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Covey. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Covey. For the veterans among your Covey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Covey lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Covey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1959. The average life expectancy for Covey in 1952 was 48, and 78 in 2004.

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