The MacGofern surname was originally the Irish Gaelic Mag Shamhrain, which is derived from the word "samhra," meaning "summer."
Early Origins of the MacGofern family
The surname MacGofern was first found in County Cavan
Early History of the MacGofern family
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MacGofern Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of the surname MacGofern can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include MacGovern, Magauran, MacGoveran, MacGoverin and others.
Early Notables of the MacGofern family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacGofern family to the New World and Oceana
A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the MacGofern name: Daniel MacGoveran, who settled in Philadelphia in 1840; Andrew, Bernard, Edward, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Terry, Thomas MacGovern all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.