Goucher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Goucher family

The surname Goucher was first found in Roxburghshire. One of the first records of the name was found in France alluding to its Norman heritage: Martin Gouge (c. 1360-1444), a French chancellor.

However, some of the family were found further south at Billesley in Warwickshire in early times. "The estate was afterwards possessed by Bishop Sherlock, through whose sister, who married Sir Thomas Gooch (1674-1754), Bishop of Ely, it passed into the Gooch family." [1]

Early History of the Goucher family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goucher research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1614, 1746, 1540, 1594, 1575, 1653, 1643, 1681, 1751, 1727, 1749, 1730, 1674, 1754, 1540, 1594, 1578, 1653, 1575, 1578, 1630, 1705, 1609, 1681, 1609, 1665 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Goucher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goucher Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Googh, Gouche, Gowk, Googe, Gooch, Gooche and others.

Early Notables of the Goucher family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir John Gooch of Suffolk; Barnabe Googe (1540-1594), an English poet and translator; William Gouge (1575-1653), an English clergyman and author, minister and preacher at St Ann Blackfriars, member of the Westminster Assembly from 1643; Sir William Gooch (1681-1751), 1st Baronet, born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Governor of Virginia (1727-1749) responsible for the passage of the Tobacco Inspection Act of 1730, eponym of Goochland County, Virginia; Sir Thomas Gooch, 2nd Baronet (1674-1754), an English bishop, brother to Sir William. Barnabe Googe (1540-1594), was an English poet, son of Robert Googe, recorder of...
Another 115 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goucher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Goucher migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goucher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carner Goucher, aged 19, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1861 [2]
  • Wm. Goucher, aged 22, who immigrated to America, in 1893
Goucher Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • T.T. Goucher, aged 63, who landed in America, in 1909
  • John T. Goucher, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • John F. Goucher, aged 66, who settled in America, in 1911
  • John F. Goucher, aged 68, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Edward R. Goucher, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Goucher migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goucher Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Fred Goucher, aged 22, who settled in St. Stephen, Canada, in 1910
  • Mary Goucher, aged 58, who immigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1915
  • Obed Parker Goucher, aged 59, who settled in Middleton, Canada, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Goucher (post 1700) +

  • Dave Goucher, American sportscaster, radio play-by-play announcer for the Boston Bruins
  • Adam Goucher (b. 1975), retired American cross-country and track and field athlete featured in Running With The Buffaloes
  • Kara Goucher (b. 1978), American two-time bronze medalist long-distance runner
  • Obediah Parker Goucher (1865-1947), Canadian school teacher and politician who represented Annapolis County, Nova Scotia (1925 to 1933)
  • Len Goucher (b. 1947), Canadian politician who represented Bedford in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly (2006 to 2009)


The Goucher Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Audaces juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the bold.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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