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Covington Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Covinton in Lanarkshire, first recorded in the late 12th century in the Latin form Villa Colbani, and twenty years later as Colbaynistun. By 1422 it had been collapsed to Cowantoun, and at the end of the 15th century it first appears in the form Covingtoun. It is nevertheless clearly named with the personal name Colban (see Coleman 1) + Old English tun ‘enclosure’; Colban was a follower of David, Prince of Cumbria, in about 1120. English: habitational name from a place in Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire) named Covington, from an Old English personal name Cofa + Old English -ing- denoting association + tun ‘settlement’.

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

Similar surnames: Chivington, Ovington, Henington, Bevington, Allington, Carrington

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Covington Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Covington. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Covington Family Origin

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Covington Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Covington. A less common occupation for the Covington family was Farm Laborer. The most common Covington occupation in the USA was Farmer. 45% of Covington's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Farm Laborer


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Covington Historical Records

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Census Record

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Covington Life Expectancy

What is the average Covington lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Covington life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Covington in 1940 was 40, and 73 in 2004.

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