Origins Available: Dutch
The name Goch is derived from the Welsh
word "coch," which means "red." Goch was originally a nickname
for a ruddy or red-complexioned person, which later became a hereditary surname.
Early Origins of the Goch family
The surname Goch was first found in Radnorshire
(Welsh: Sir Faesyfed), a former historic county of mid- Wales
, anciently part of the kingdom of Powys
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Goch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goch research.Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1605 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Goch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Goch Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh
surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. These spelling variations
began almost as soon as surname usage became common. Recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh
names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Goch name over the years has been spelled Gough, Goff, Gof, Goffe and others.
Early Notables of the Goch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Goch family to Ireland
Some of the Goch family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Goch family to the New World and Oceana
began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Goch:
Goch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Mary Goch, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)