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.
Early Origins of the Gopher family
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
Early History of the Gopher family
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Gopher Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gover, Gofer, Gofair, Gopher, Govere, Govier and many more.
Early Notables of the Gopher family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gopher family to the New World and Oceana
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.
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html