When Sarah Hovey was born on 9 February 1735, in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, John Hovey, was 35 and her mother, Mary Lakeman, was 26. She married Abiel Barker Jr on 19 February 1759, in Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She died about 1772, at the age of 38.
English and Welsh: from the personal name Hwfa, of uncertain origin. The surname is more frequently found in the explicit patronymic form ap Hwfa ‘son of Hwfa’ (see Povey ) and forms with and without ap were still interchangeable in the 16th and 17th centuries.
English: perhaps from an unrecorded Old English personal name Hofig, a pet form of Old English Hofa (of uncertain origin but apparently from hof ‘temple’) + a hypocoristic suffix -ig. However, the absence of Middle English evidence for either the personal name or the surname leaves this explanation in doubt.
Americanized form of Dutch Hove .