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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cove
  1. A retired nook; especially, a small, sheltered inlet, creek, or bay; a recess in the shore."Vessels which were in readiness for him within secret coves and nooks." [Holland.]
  2. A strip of prairie extending into woodland; also, a recess in the side of a mountain.(U.S)
  3. [Arch]
    1. A concave molding.
    2. A member, whose section is a concave curve, used especially with regard to an inner roof or ceiling, as around a skylight.

Etymology: AS. cofa room; akin to G. koben pigsty, orig., hut, Icel. kofi hut, and perh. to E. cobalt

verb Cove
To arch over; to build in a hollow concave form; to make in the form of a cove.
verb Cove
To brood, cover, over, or sit over, as birds their eggs.

Etymology: CF. F. couver, It. covare. See Covey

noun Cove
A boy or man of any age or station.

Etymology: A gypsy word, covo that man, covi that woman

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  1. A small inlet
  2. Small or narrow cave in the side of a cliff or mountain

From Middle English cove, from Old English cofa (“chamber; den”), from Proto-Germanic *kubô. Cognate with German Koben, Swedish kofva. This word has probably survived as long as it has due to its coincidental phonetic resemblence to the unrelated word "cave".

  1. (now uncommon) A hollow in a rock; a cave or cavern. [from 9th c.]
  2. (architecture) A concave vault or archway, especially the arch of a ceiling. [from 16th c.]
  3. A small coastal inlet, especially one having high cliffs protecting vessels from prevailing winds. [from 16th c.]
  4. (US) A strip of prairie extending into woodland.
  5. A recess or sheltered area on the slopes of a mountain. [from 19th c.]
  6. (nautical) The wooden roof of the stern gallery of an old sailing warship. [from 19th c.]
  7. (nautical) A thin line, sometimes gilded, along a yacht's strake below deck level. [from 19th c.]

Britain ante-1570. From Romani kodo (“this one, him”), perhaps change in consonants due to lower class th-fronting, or Romani kova (“that person”).

  1. (Britain) A fellow; a man.
  2. (Australia) A friend; a mate.

Compare French couver, Italian covare. See covey.

    cove was also found in the following language(s): Catalan and Italian

    Notable Persons Named Cove

    Cove Reber is a post-hardcore and alternative rock musician. He plays Vocals. Cove was born on August 28th, 1985 in Vista, California.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Cove

    William was born on May 21st, 1888. He left this life on March 15th, 1963.



    Rosemary Cove is a in the field of sculpture. Rosemary was born in 1936 in New York.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Cove U.S.
      White 91.57% 64.26%
      African American 3.08% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.46% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.08% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Cove are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Cove

    • How Popular is the name Cove? Cove is the 20,258th most popular name of all time. As a last name Cove was the 36,286th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Cove have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 344 babies born with the first name Cove in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cove to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cove? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1997 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Cove first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cove is Wednesday, November 7th, 1877.
    • What year had the most people named Cove born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cove was in 2015 with a total of 53 babies.
    • Random Cove Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cove is not a popular baby boy's name in Florida. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 2017.
    • Weird things about the name Cove: Your name in reverse order is Evoc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ecov. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Cove? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 617 people with the last name Cove.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cove? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Cove as their last name since less than 1 person in 476k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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