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Hovey Name Meaning

Welsh: from the personal name Hofa or Hwfa, of unexplained origin. Americanized form of Dutch Hove.

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


Similar surnames: Sovey, Tovey, Hove, Povey, Shover, Hoven, Dovey, Hover, Covey, Hoey

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Where is the Hovey family from?

You can see how Hovey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hovey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hovey families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 73 Hovey families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Hovey's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Hovey families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hovey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hovey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hovey. 18% of Hovey men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Hovey women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hovey were Truck Driver and Housework.

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housework
    8%
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Census Records

There are 44,000 census records available for the last name Hovey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hovey 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Hovey. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Hovey. For the veterans among your Hovey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hovey lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Hovey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Hovey in 1946 was 65, and 73 in 2004.

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