Gowk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Gowk family
The surname Gowk was first found in Roxburghshire. One of the first records of the name was found in France alluding to its Norman heritage: Martin Gouge (c. 1360-1444), a French chancellor.
However, some of the family were found further south at Billesley in Warwickshire in early times. "The estate was afterwards possessed by Bishop Sherlock, through whose sister, who married Sir Thomas Gooch (1674-1754), Bishop of Ely, it passed into the Gooch family." 
Early History of the Gowk family
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Gowk Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Googh, Gouche, Gowk, Googe, Gooch, Gooche and others.
Early Notables of the Gowk family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir John Gooch of Suffolk; Barnabe Googe (1540-1594), an English poet and translator; William Gouge (1575-1653), an English clergyman and author, minister and preacher at St Ann Blackfriars, member of the Westminster Assembly from 1643; Sir William Gooch (1681-1751), 1st Baronet, born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Governor of Virginia (1727-1749) responsible for the passage of the Tobacco Inspection Act of 1730, eponym of Goochland County, Virginia; Sir Thomas Gooch, 2nd Baronet (1674-1754), an English bishop, brother to Sir William.
Barnabe Googe (1540-1594), was an English poet, son of Robert Googe, recorder of...
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Migration of the Gowk family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Gooch, who settled in Maine in 1630; Peter Gooch arrived in Philadelphia in 1738; Mathew Gouch settled in Virginia in 1635; James Gouge settled in Boston in 1712.
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The Gowk Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Audaces juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the bold.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.