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Early Origins of the Gotch family

The surname Gotch was first found in Bavaria, where the name Gotch was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Gotch family

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Gotch Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gichtl, Giech, Gach, Kitchel, Gittelde, Gische, Gitchel, Glich, Kitscher, Gochelet, Goegel, Goschl, Gotsche and many more.

Early Notables of the Gotch family

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New Zealand Gotch migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gotch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Gotch, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th March 1863 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gotch (post 1700) +

  • Frank Alvin Gotch (1878-1917), American professional wrestler and World Heavyweight Champion from 1908 to 1913
  • Francis Gotch (1853-1913), British neurophysiologist
  • John Alfred Gotch (1852-1942), British architect and architectural historian
  • Brad Gotch (b. 1962), former Australian rules footballer
  • Thomas Cooper Gotch (1854-1931), English Pre-Raphaelite painter and book illustrator

  1. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook