Gover History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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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United States Gover migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Clement Gover, who settled in Maryland in 1665
  • Clement Gover, who arrived in Maryland in 1672 [1]
  • Rich Gover, who settled in Barbados in 1679
Gover Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Aaron Gover, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1775
  • Aaron Gover, aged 20, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1776 [1]
Gover Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Gover, aged 24, who landed in Connecticut in 1812 [1]

Australia Gover migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [2]
  • William Gover, English convict from Berkshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]

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 [4]
  • William C. Gover, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 4th District, 1859-60, 1863 [4]
  • Walter Gover, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1952 [4]
  • W. B. Gover, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1944 [4]
  • Noel D. Gover, American politician, Mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 1945 [4]
  • E. Murray Gover, American politician, Mayor of Hyattsville, Maryland, 1938-46 [4]
  • 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 [4]
  • B. R. Gover, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1938 [4]
  • Charles Gover (d. 1872), English folklorist, son of Thomas Gover of Poplar, Middlesex [5]
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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