Surnames/tags: Goff Gough Goffe
How to Join
Please contact the project leader Chris Goff or post a comment on this page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!
This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname GOFF and the variants GOFFE and GOUGH. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. Please contact the project leader, add categories to your profiles, add your questions to the bulletin board, add details of your name research, etc.
Origins and Meaning
GOFF (sometimes GOFFE) is a surname with several distinct origins. It is the 946th most common family name in the United States.
When the surname originates from England it is derived from an occupational name from German, Cornish and Breton.
- The German Goff means a godly person, a strong warrior, or a priest.
- The Breton goff means "smith" (cognate with Gaelic gobha). The English-originating surname is common in East Anglia, where it is of Breton origin.
- The Welsh name is a variant of the surname GOUGH, and is derived from a nickname for someone with red hair.
- The native Irish name is derived from a patronymic form of the Gaelic personal name Eochaidh/Eachaidh, which means "horseman".
Guild of One Name Studies
The Guild of One Name Studies shows the Goff-Gough Association as the registered study for this name with the variants Gough and Goffe. The association offers limited information for free and has extra details for members.
DNA Tested Profiles
Please add Goff Name Study profiles with a DNA Test to [[Category:DNA Tested, Goff Name Study]]
DNA Test Connections
WikiTree profiles with DNA Test Connections for GOFF can be found here
y-DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA
This is a link to the GOFF/GOUGH/McGOUGH y-DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA.
- Chris Goff Goff's from the Barnes area of Surrey, England
- Shaun Goffe is particularly interested in the seventeenth century Goffes from the patriarch Reverend Stephen Goffe and his 8 sons. (He has a large database of information about their lives).
- Breauna McCallister says "My Mamaw (My mom's mom) is a Griffith/Goff child and her mother (my Granny) is a Goff. I want to learn all I can about the Goff family, so I can learn more about my family, and just to learn in general. I am also more than happy to help in any way I can. I have traced, so far, my Goff side to WV. Mostly in Raleigh County, WV. With a few spread out in different places in WV. I just traced back to George Washington Goff (born in VA) and his wife, Emily Jane Cook. "
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I would like to join. My mother's grandmother was Viola Irene Goff and i am trying to learn as much as i can about my heritage
My mamaw( grandma) was a Goff/Griffith child, and her mother was a Goff.
My mamaw was Myrtle Ellen Griffith Thompson. Went by Ellen. Her mom, my granny, was Hattie Irene Goff.
Thank you! :)
I am more than happy to help in any way I can. :)
Short Note----- Hope it Sounds okay. Let me know if it doesn't.
I am interested in the Goff family because I am a Goff. My Mamaw (My mom's mom) is a Griffith/Goff child and her mother (my Granny) is a Goff. I want to learn all I can about the Goff family, so I can learn more about my family, and just to learn in general. I am also more than happy to help in any way I can. I have traced, so far, my Goff side to WV. Mostly in Raleigh County, WV. With a few spread out in different places in WV. I just traced back to George Washington Goff (born in VA) and his wife, Emily Jane Cook.
Just posted a question about parents of Anne Goff (Goff-426). Is it wrong to suggest that certain Bristol Cty, Mass. Goff profiles (Robert/Richard) might be candidates for mergers? Thanks. D. Jenkins