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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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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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