The distinguished English surname Govier 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 Govier family
The surname Govier was first found in Oxfordshire
, where the Govier 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 Govier was first referenced in the year 1223, when Gilbert Gofar was registered in the Pipe Rolls
Early History of the Govier family
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Govier Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gover, Gofer, Gofair, Gopher, Govere, Govier and many more.
Early Notables of the Govier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Govier family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Govier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Anthony Govier, a bonded emigrant who arrived in Maryland in 1737
Govier Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Richard Govier, who was living in Ontario in 1871
Govier Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Fanny Govier, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lady Macdonald" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lady Macdonald 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ladymacdonald1855.shtml
Contemporary Notables of the name Govier (post 1700)
- Sheldon Govier (1883-1948), Scottish-born, American soccer center halfback, member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame
- Sheldon W. Govier, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1936 (alternate), 1940 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Stephen Govier (b. 1952), retired English professional footballer from Watford
- James Henry Govier (1910-1974), British painter and etcher from Oakley, Buckinghamshire
- Katherine Mary Govier (b. 1948), Canadian novelist from Edmonton, Alberta
- Harry Govier Seeley (1839-1909), British paleontologist