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.
Early Origins of the Gover family
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.
Early History of the Gover family
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Gover Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gover, Gofer, Gofair, Gopher, Govere, Govier and many more.
Early Notables of the Gover family (pre 1700)
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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 
Charles Gover (d. 1872), English folklorist, son of Thomas Gover of Poplar, Middlesex 
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