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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, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lady Macdonald"

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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
  • 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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Govier Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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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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