The surname of COVE has the associated arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in County Hereford. The name was locational 'of Cove'. North and South Cove are parishes in County Suffolk and there is also a place so called in County Devon. Local names usually denoted where the original bearer of the name held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The earliest of the name on record appears to be COUE (without surname) who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. In 1066 Duke William of Normandy conquered England. He was crowned King, and most of the lands of the English nobility were soon granted to his followers. Domesday Book was compiled 20 years later. The Saxon Chronicle records that in 1085 'at Gloucester at midwinter, the King had deep speech with his counsellors, and sent men all over England to each shire to find out, what or how much each landowner held in land and livestock, and what it was worth. The returns were brought to him'. William was thorough. One of his Counsellors reports that he also sent a second set of Commissioners 'to shires they did not know and where they were themselves unknown, to check their predecessors' survey, and report culprits to the King'. The information was collected at Winchester, corrected, abridged, and copied by one single writer into a single volume. Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex were copied, by several writers into a second volume. The whole undertaking was completed at speed, in less than 12 months.
Other records of the name mention Sir Thomas de Cove who was documented in the County of Norfolk in 1330. Ralph de Cove was documented in County Stafford in the same year.
A later instances mentions Jeremiah Biggs and Elizabeth Cove who were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1793.
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