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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Goforth family, who lived in Staffordshire with now extinct branches in Devon, Southampton and Buckinghamshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Some references claim that the surname was a nickname for a chubby cheeked or round faced person having derived from the Old French word "giffard," a pejorative form of "giffel," meaning "jaw." This is not the case. "The old historical Giffards of Normandy and England descended from the De Bollebecs, who were connected by marriage with Richard I, Duke of Normandy. Walter, son of de Bollebec, though surnamed 'Gifford,' or 'the Liberal,' seems to have been conservative in the acquisition and retention of lands; for he got not only the fair domain of Longueville, from Richard II of Normandy, but also the Earldom of Buckinghamshire." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Goforth Early Origins



The surname Goforth was first found in Devon, Southampton, Buckinghamshire and Staffordshire. As mentioned above, the surviving Staffordshire branch has remained there since the reign of Henry II when Peter Gifford became Lord of the Manor of Chillington. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Chillington Hall is a Georgian country house near Brewood in Staffordshire. The current estate is the third manor on the site - the first stone castle was built by the family in the 12th century and part of the current cellar contains some of the original foundation. Another branch of the family was found at Great Blakenham in Suffolk. "Walter Gifford, Earl of Buckingham, appropriated the manor, in the time of William II., to the monks of Bec in Normandy, who established a cell here." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Little is known of Walter Gifford other than he was Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 1311. Bletchley in Buckinghamshire was another family seat. "Walter Gifford, Earl of Buckingham, possessed by grant from William Rufus the whole landed property of this parish, which was inherited by Richard de Clare, Earl of Hertford, who had married his granddaughter, Roesia." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Goforth Spelling Variations


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Goforth Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Gifford, Giffard, Geffard, Gyfford, Gifferd, Geffard, Gifferd, Gyffard, Gyfferd, Gyford, Giford, Givard, Givord, Giverd and many more.

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Goforth Early History


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Goforth Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goforth research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1200, 1279, 1444, 1496, 1557, 1536, 1554, 1613, 1554, 1629, 1560, 1590, 1548, 1600, 1642, 1734, 1687, 1703, 1703 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Goforth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Goforth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Goforth Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Alexander Gifford; George Gifford (by 1496-1557) an English politician, Member of Parliament for Buckingham in 1536 and Buckinghamshire in April 1554; George Gifford (died 1613), English politician, Member of Parliament for Morpeth and Cricklade; Gabriel Gifford (1554-1629), Catholic Archbishop of Reims; Gilbert...

Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goforth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Goforth In Ireland


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Goforth In Ireland



Some of the Goforth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words (3 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 English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Goforth or a variant listed above:

Goforth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Goforth, who landed in New Jersey in 1677

Goforth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Aaron Goforth, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1711-1712
  • Alice Goforth, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1714-1715

Goforth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Isabella Goforth, aged 6, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Mary Jane Goforth, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • A. Goforth, aged 64, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Goforth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ella C. Goforth, aged 47, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Caroline Goforth, aged 27, who emigrated to New York, in 1922

Goforth Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Jonathan Goforth, aged 50, who settled in Canada, in 1909
  • William Francis Goforth, aged 33, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1912
  • W. Frank Goforth, aged 35, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1914
  • Marie Goforth, aged 34, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1920

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Contemporary Notables of the name Goforth (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Goforth (post 1700)



  • Winferd Goforth, American Republican politician, Chair of Andrew County Republican Party, 1949
  • William Goforth, American politician, Delegate to Ohio State Constitutional Convention from Hamilton County, 1802; Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1804
  • William Goforth, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1784-86
  • W. A. Goforth, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1916
  • Steven Goforth, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 105th District, 1978
  • Ray A. Goforth, American Democrat politician, Chair of Fayette County Democratic Party, 1972-75
  • Hubert Lee Goforth (b. 1915), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1948, 1964 (alternate)
  • Herndon W. Goforth, American politician, U.S. Consul in Santos, 1924; Sao Paulo, 1926; Sherbrooke, 1927-32; Matamoros, 1938
  • Allen H. Goforth, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 29th District, 2000
  • A. Z. Goforth, American Republican politician, Chair of Iredell County Republican Party, 1952
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Goforth


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Suggested Readings for the name Goforth



  • The Goforth Genealogy: A History of the Descendants of George Goforth of Knedlington, England Together with Some Account of Other Families of the Name by George Tuttle Goforth.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Malo mori quam foedari
Motto Translation: I would rather die than be disgraced.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. 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).
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  11. ...

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