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Where did the Jewish Gofman family come from? What is the Jewish Gofman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gofman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gofman family history?

The name Gofman is a proud symbol of ancient Jewish culture. Before the late Middle Ages, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Jewish hereditary surnames were adopted from a variety of different sources. The surname Gofman is of two possible derivations. In the first case, it is an occupational surname, which derives from the German word hof, which means settlement, or farm. Many Jews in the Russian Empire held such managerial positions on non-Jewish estates. The other meaning of the surname comes from the Yiddish word hofn, which means hope. As such, it was taken as a symbol, and was given to someone who had hope for the future.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gofman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Anton Gofman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848

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The Gofman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gofman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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