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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cov"ey
  1. A brood or hatch of birds; an old bird with her brood of young; hence, a small flock or number of birds together; -- said of game; as, a covey of partridges.
  2. A company; a bevy; as, a covey of girls.

Etymology: OF. cov�e, F. couv�e, fr. cover, F. couver, to sit or brood on, fr. L. cubare to lie down; cf. E. incubate. See Cubit, and cf. Cove to brood

verb Cov"ey
To brood; to incubate.
noun Cov"ey
A pantry.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A small flock of grouse or partridge
  2. A small collection of people

From Old French covee (Modern French couvée), from Latin cubō (“lie”).

  1. A group of 8-12 (or more) quail. See gaggle, host, flock.
  2. A brood of partridges, grouse, etc.
  3. A party or group (of persons or things).

cove +‎ -y

  1. (Britain, slang, dated) A man.

    Notable Persons Named Covey

    Covey was born in 1913. He breathed his last breath in 2007.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Covey

    Stephen Covey was an author, professional speaker, professor, consultant, management-expert, motivational speaker, and management. Stephen was born on October 24th, 1932 in Salt Lake City. He breathed his last breath on July 16th, 2012.


    Sean was born on September 17th, 1964.


    Rachel Covey is an actress. She has been prominent since 2005. Rachel was born on June 15th, 1998 in New York City.


    Edward was born on December 2nd, 1806. He left this life on May 2nd, 1875.


    Richard Oswalt Covey is a test pilot.



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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Covey U.S.
      White 92.44% 64.26%
      African American 0.87% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.76% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.24% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.98% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.71% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Covey

    People with the last name Covey are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Covey

    • How Popular is the name Covey? Covey is the 31,255th most popular name of all time. As a last name Covey was the 4,212th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Covey have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 145 babies born with the first name Covey in the United States. That's more than enough people named Covey 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 Covey? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1969 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Covey first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Covey is Sunday, May 25th, 1884.
    • What year had the most people named Covey born? The highest recorded use of the first name Covey was in 2010 with a total of 10 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Covey: Your name in reverse order is Yevoc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eocvy. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Covey? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,414 people with the last name Covey.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Covey? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Covey as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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