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McGofferend History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The McGofferend surname was originally the Irish Gaelic Mag Shamhrain, which is derived from the word "samhra," meaning "summer."

Early Origins of the McGofferend family


The surname McGofferend was first found in County Cavan .

Early History of the McGofferend family


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McGofferend Spelling Variations


Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name McGofferend dating from that time include MacGovern, Magauran, MacGoveran, MacGoverin and others.

Early Notables of the McGofferend family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McGofferend family to the New World and Oceana


A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name McGofferend or a variant listed above: 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.

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