are many places named Covington in the United States of America, all are said to
have derived from the personal name. Most of which seem to be named after
Leonard Covington (1768-1820), an American Army Officer who served under George
Washington. A detailed personal history of this major influence on the Covington
name is included in the Covington Database.
named Covington in U.S.A. are located in the following States ;
California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi,
Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas &
the Covington Places Section to read all geographical & historical snippets for these places
The Covington family name is much more popular in the U.S. so it is not too
surprising that the American people seem to have no trouble in pronouncing it
properly. An American Covington may have attained his name in one of three ways,
He is a direct descendant of a British Covington, who
emigrated or was transported as a convict to the U.S. during the 18th century.
He could have taken the name from the Covington town,
or county, in which he lived. In a similar way to that as the British Covingtons
originally took their name.
He could have taken his name from the personal name of
the estate or plantation on which he worked, probably as a slave in such places
as Alabama and Mississippi.
black Covingtons can be found in the U.S. and points 2 and 3 were the usual way
for them to be named following the abolition of slavery. These slaves would have
previously been known by their given name, in the same way that British names
At the end of slavery, each would have had to register
their newly found freedom with the authorities, who would require a surname.
some choose their father's name, but many were given the name of their former
slave owner or the place they were born or currently lived at.
Americans have a similar policy to the Welsh, in that they like to utilise their
wife's maiden name in their children's names. This naturally creates some
unusual christian names, which are often passed on to future generations as
being a family name.
This approach to naming helps genealogists greatly, as
does another U.S. practice, multiple naming after one's father. For example if
you find that one of your descendants was Benjamin Disraeli Covington the third,
you know that the next 2 back in the family line were also called Benjamin
Disraeli. It all helps towards the search!
my experience of contacting fellow Covingtons from America, it is noticeable that
genealogy has many more followers in the U.S. than found in the UK. They are
generally very keen on tracing their birthright particularly if they can trace a
branch in the UK. Of course, any link with British royalty would be the ultimate
(Surnames of the United
Kingdom) (Oxford Dictionary of English Place Names) (Penguin Dictionary of
Surnames) (Scottish Place Names by W.F.H. Niclaisen) (The Surnames of Scotland)
(American Place Names by George R. Stewart)
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