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Gofferen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Gofferen surname was originally the Irish Gaelic Mag Shamhrain, which is derived from the word "samhra," meaning "summer."

Early Origins of the Gofferen family


The surname Gofferen was first found in County Cavan .

Early History of the Gofferen family


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Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1481, 1410, 1476, 1444, 1476, 1547, 1593, 1587, 1593, 1581 and 1587 are included under the topic Early Gofferen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gofferen Spelling Variations


Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Gofferen family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including MacGovern, Magauran, MacGoveran, MacGoverin and others.

Early Notables of the Gofferen family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gofferen family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Gofferen: Daniel MacGoveran, who settled in Philadelphia in 1840; Andrew, Bernard, Edward, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Terry, Thomas MacGovern all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

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