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The distinguished English surname Gopher is thought to be derived from the Old English nickname "Gofair," meaning "one who goes gently or quietly." It is likely that the name was initially bestowed as a nickname during the Middle Ages.

Gopher Early Origins



The surname Gopher was first found in Oxfordshire, where the Gopher family was anciently seated as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066; the language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. Many Anglo-Saxon surnames survived, however, and the Old English name Gopher was first referenced in the year 1223, when Gilbert Gofar was registered in the Pipe Rolls of Oxfordshire.

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Gopher Spelling Variations


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Gopher Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gover, Gofer, Gofair, Gopher, Govere, Govier and many more.

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Gopher Early History


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Gopher Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gopher research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1240 is included under the topic Early Gopher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gopher Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gopher Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gopher Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Tho Gover, who immigrated to Virginia in 1653; Clement Gover, who settled in Maryland in 1665; Rich Gover, who came to Barbados in 1679; Anthony Govier, a bonded emigrant who arrived in Maryland in 1737.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gopher (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gopher (post 1700)



  • Melinda Gopher, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Montana at-large, 2010

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Gopher Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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    The Gopher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gopher 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 21 October 2015 at 09:45.

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