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The name Goffe is derived from the Welsh word "coch," which means "red." Goffe was originally a nickname for a ruddy or red-complexioned person, which later became a hereditary surname.

Goffe Early Origins



The surname Goffe 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.

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Goffe Spelling Variations


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Goffe Spelling Variations



Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Goffe have included Gough, Goff, Gof, Goffe and others.

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Goffe Early History


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Goffe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goffe research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1605 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Goffe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Goffe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Goffe Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goffe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Goffe In Ireland


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Goffe In Ireland



Some of the Goffe 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Goffe:

Goffe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Goffe and his wife settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Robert Goffe, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Edward Goffe who settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Goffe settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Eliza Goffe, aged 26, arrived in America in 1635
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Goffe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Goffe, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1820
  • Thomas Goffe, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

Goffe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Goffe, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1838

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Contemporary Notables of the name Goffe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Goffe (post 1700)



  • George W. Goffe, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1876

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Goffe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goffe 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.

    This page was last modified on 7 October 2015 at 12:52.

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