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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.

Govier Early Origins



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 of Oxfordshire.

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Govier Spelling Variations


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Govier Spelling Variations



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

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Govier Early History


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Govier Early History



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

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Govier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Govier Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Govier 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:

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" [1]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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Govier (post 1700)


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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 [2]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

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lady Macdonald 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ladymacdonald1855.shtml
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Govier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Govier 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.

This page was last modified on 21 October 2015 at 09:30.

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