The distinguished English surname Govier is thought to be derived from the Old English
"Gofair," meaning "one who goes gently or quietly." It is likely that the name was initially bestowed as a nickname during the Middle Ages.
, 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
surnames survived, however, and the Old English name Govier was first referenced in the year 1223, when Gilbert Gofar was registered in the
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of this family name include: Gover, Gofer, Gofair, Gopher, Govere, Govier and many more.