The distinguished Portuguese surname Govea is of toponymic origin. Toponymic surnames are those names which derive their origin from the name of the place from which the original bearer hailed. In this instance the name Govea is derived from the place name "Gouveia", which is the name of a town located in Portugal.
The surname Govea was first found in the town of Gouveia in Portugal. The original bearer of the Govea surname was Fernao Nunes de Gouveia, who lived during the reign of King Joao I of Portugal in the 14th century.
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