The McGofferen surname was originally the Irish Gaelic Mag Shamhrain, which is derived from the word "samhra," meaning "summer."
Early Origins of the McGofferen family
The surname McGofferen was first found in County Cavan
Early History of the McGofferen family
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McGofferen Spelling Variations
The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations
for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name McGofferen were encountered in the archives: MacGovern, Magauran, MacGoveran, MacGoverin and others.
Early Notables of the McGofferen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGofferen 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 McGofferen 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.