The following variations
have been found during my researches. It is not known exactly if all of these
eventually developed into Covington or went to form other names, but at least at
some stage the name may have looked like this:
COFFENDEN, COFTON, COLBAIN, COLBAN, COLBANSTONE, COLBANUS, COLBAYNE,
COLBAYNESTOUN, COLBEYNSTON, COLINTON, COLUMBAN, COVENTON, COVEING, COVI, COVING,
COVINGHAM, COVINGTOUN, COVINTON, COVUS, CUFA, CUFAS, CUVINGTON, COVEFENTON,
more recent times the most common mis-spelling of the name is Coventon. The most
likely explanation for this is that many 18th & 19th century parents were
illiterate, therefore unable to spell even their own name. When registering the
birth of a child, they would have to rely on the registrar, who was probably one
of the more educated locals, to spell the name for them. As many Covingtons of
this era were from rural areas, their accents obviously led the registrar to
believe the spelling was Coventon. My own great grandfather, Charles James, was
born as a Coventon, but eventually married as a Covington. There are examples of
many others in the late 19th century, who changed the spelling of their name
back to Covington as levels of literacy improved.
For much more information on the evolution of
the Covington name please visit "Where are we from?" via the links above/below.
So far this
century there have been 423 Coventons registered as being born in England or Wales.
which is also a known derivative, has seen 163 births all over the world and would seem
to be the elite side of the family, with personal references to be found in
copies of Who's Who.
most popular hyphenated name is Covington-Cross with 29 born this century, with
the first materializing in 1918, possibly as an offspring of Leslie Macartney
Covington and Ethel M. Cross who married in that year.
been a few other double-barrelled Covingtons, that I have so far found, Covington-Aune
(by marriage), Covington-Barnes, Covington-Cox, Covington-Davies, Covington-Denton
(by marriage), Covington-Hole, Covington-Horwood, Covington-Jones,
(by marriage), Covington-Satterly,
According to Whitepages.com Covington is the
1,301st most popular surname in the United States as at Feb 2009
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