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The prominent surname Goins originated in France, a country which has been a dominant presence in world affairs for centuries.The name Goins emerged in the French province of Bourbonnais, which was occupied by the Romans until the Germanic Frankish tribes overran the region in about the 5th century. In the 9th century, Bourbonnais emerged as a duchy and it was ruled by the powerful Lords of Bourbon, who also reigned over Navarre, and Spain, Naples, and became the royal house of France. In the 12th century, the House of Bourbon became even more powerful when, by marrying with the Bourgoignes, it formed the first Capetian House of the Kings of France. In 1272, Robert de France, who was the Count of Clermont and son of Louis IX, acquired the territory of Bourbonnais through his marriage to Béatrice de Bourgoigne-Bourbon. Their son, Louis I, who was named the Great and was Count of Clermont, was the first Duke of Bourbon. In the early 14th century, Bourbonnais came under the control of Charles IV le Bel. After the Hundred Years' War, the region became a vast princely state which grew to include the county of Forez, Beaujolais and the duchy of Auvergne. In 1531, the duchy fell under Crown rule and in 1532, after the loss of all feudal institutions, Bourbonnais received its first governor.

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The surname Goins was first found in Bourbonnais, a historic province in the centre of France, now part of the modern département of Allier and Cher where this eminent family held a family seat from very early times.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Guynet, Guynait, Guynez, Guynais, Guynest, Guynay, Guynaies, Guyné, Guynée, Guinet, Guinait, Guinez, Guinais, Guinest, Guinay, Guinaies, Guiné, Guynnet, Guynnait, Guynnez, Guynnais, Guynnest, Guynnay, Guynnaies, Guynné, Guynnée, Guinnet, Guinnait, Guinnez, Guinnais, Guinnest, Guinnay, Guinnaies, Guinné, Guinnés and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goins research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1464, 1632, 1700, and 1800 are included under the topic Early Goins History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Robt. L. Goins, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Roberto Goins, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Luke Goins, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Dora Goins, aged 17, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Lenke Goins, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909


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  • Jesse D. Goins, American film and television character actor, known for The Ugly Truth (2009), RoboCop (1987) and WarGames (1983)
  • Roger Goins, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Oklahoma State House of Representatives 9th District, 2002
  • Myron Goins, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • Michael Goins, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 2008
  • Ken Goins, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Kentucky, 1972
  • Julie Marie Goins, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 2004
  • John C. Goins, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1940
  • Howell N. Goins, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1892, 1896
  • George K. Goins, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 3rd District, 1961
  • Franklin Goins, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1956

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  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
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The Goins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goins 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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