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Origins Available: Portuguese, Scottish


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The surname Govea was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat on the territories and lands known as Govan. The first on record was Christian, widow of Simon Govan in 1293.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Govan, Govane, Govean, Govans, MacGovan, MacGovans, Gowen and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Govea research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1326, 1359, 1425, 1672, 1623 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Govea History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Govea Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Govea family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Govea Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Cranuel Govea, aged 28, who emigrated to America, in 1903
  • Agustin Govea, aged 44, who settled in America from Olhas, in 1906
  • Agustin Govea, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Olhao, Portugal, in 1907
  • Carlos Govea, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Portugal, Olhas, in 1911
  • Maria A. de Freitas Govea, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States from Sac Pedro, Madeira, in 1920


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  • A. E. B. Govea, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Zanzibar, 1889
  • Juan Josť Govea Tenorio (b. 1991), Ecuadorian international footballer


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  2. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
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  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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