Goines History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The people known in ancient Scotland as the Picts were the ancestors of the first to use Goines as a name. It was a name for a metalworker. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Ghobhainn, which means son of the smith. [1]

Early Origins of the Goines family

The surname Goines was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, where the name is from the Gaelic 'Govha' meaning 'a blacksmith' and as such could have been a name that applied to people throughout Scotland. However, as in the case of clans like the Fletchers or Clarks, eventually the name became attributed to a specific area or region. As such, The Clan was also located in Nithsfield in the 12th century, and recorded as a Border Clan. To the west in Elgin and Galloway they were known as the MacGavins.

Important Dates for the Goines family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goines research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1396, 1613, 1698, 1725 and are included under the topic Early Goines History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goines Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Goines has been spelled MacGowan, McGowan, MacGowin, McGowin, MacGowen, McGowen, Gow, Gowan, Gowen, Gowin, MacGavin, McGavin and many more.

Early Notables of the Goines family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Goines family to Ireland

Some of the Goines family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 99 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 Goines family

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Goines: Thomas Gowen who settled in Virginia in 1635; James Gowen settled in Annapolis in 1729; Duncan Gowan settled in Barbados in 1745; John and Walter Gow arrived in New York in 1820.

Contemporary Notables of the name Goines (post 1700)

  • Victor Goines (b. 1961), American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist
  • Siena Goines (b. 1969), American film and television actress and producer, known for The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), The Sweetest Thing (2002) and Flight of the Living Dead (2007)
  • Lincoln Goines (b. 1953), American double bassist and bass guitarist
  • Donny Goines, stage name of Donny Scott, an American rapper and a businessperson from New York City
  • Donald Goines (1936-1974), African-American writer of urban fiction who used the pseudonym Al C. Clark
  • David Lance Goines (b. 1945), American artist, calligrapher, typographer, and author
  • Mildred L. Goines, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980 [2]

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  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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