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The distinguished English surname Gover 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.

Gover Early Origins



The surname Gover was first found in Oxfordshire, where the Gover 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 Gover was first referenced in the year 1223, when Gilbert Gofar was registered in the Pipe Rolls of Oxfordshire.

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Gover Spelling Variations


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Gover Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gover, Gofer, Gofair, Gopher, Govere, Govier and many more.

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Gover Early History


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Gover Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gover research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1240 is included under the topic Early Gover History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gover Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gover Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gover Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gover Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho. Gover, who immigrated to Virginia in 1653
  • Tho Gover, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Clement Gover, who settled in Maryland in 1665
  • Clement Gover, who arrived in Maryland in 1672
  • Rich Gover, who came to Barbados in 1679

Gover Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Aaron Gover, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1775
  • Aaron Gover, aged 20, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1776

Gover Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Gover, aged 24, landed in Connecticut in 1812

Gover Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Gover, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  • William Gover, English convict from Berkshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gover (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gover (post 1700)



  • Robert Gover (b. 1929), American novelist who grew up in an endowed orphanage and became a best-selling novelist at age 30
  • William G. Gover (b. 1909), American Republican politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Montcalm District, 1961-62; Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 25th District, 1962
  • William C. Gover, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 4th District, 1859-60, 1863
  • Walter Gover, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1952
  • W. B. Gover, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1944
  • Noel D. Gover, American politician, Mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 1945
  • E. Murray Gover, American politician, Mayor of Hyattsville, Maryland, 1938-46
  • Bowen R. Gover, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1938; Protestants United Candidate for Governor of Michigan, 1938
  • B. R. Gover, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1938
  • Paul Nicholas Gover (b. 1968), English cricketer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  11. ...

The Gover Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gover Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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