Welsh word "coch," which means "red." Gof was originally a nickname for a ruddy or red-complexioned person, which later became a hereditary surname.
Early Origins of the Gof family
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 Gof family
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Gof Spelling Variations
Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Gof has occasionally been spelled Gough, Goff, Gof, Goffe and others.
Early Notables of the Gof family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gof family to Ireland
Some of the Gof family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Gof family to the New World and Oceana
The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Gof: Edward Goffe who settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1630; John Goffe settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; Robert Goffe and his wife settled in Virginia in 1622.
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