Goff /Goffe/Gough One Name Study

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Date: 14 Mar 2017
Surnames/tags: Goff Gough Goffe
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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!

Project Goal

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".

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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.

Project Members

  • 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).

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FYI: This is a link to the GOFF/GOUGH/McGOUGH y-DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA.
posted by Bill Vincent Ph.D.
Thanks. I've aded the link to the page.
posted by Chris Goff
One of my ggreat grandparents was Margaret Goff (Goff-3767), who was born in Choctaw Alabama and married George Washington Doggett. They then moved to Bradley Co. Arkansas. Margaret has been a dead end for me for a long time, and she is in my direct maternal line.
posted by Michael Battey
This source has quite a few GOFF family members that lived in Connecticut on the 'Preview' with 2 pages - Stiles, Henry R. Families of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut: Consisting of Volume Ii of the History of Ancient Wethersfield, Comprising the Present Towns of Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, and Newington ; and of Glastonbury Prior to Its Incorporation in 1693, from Date of Earliest Settlement Until the Present Time, with Extensive Genealogies and Genealogical Notes on Their Families. Westminster, Md: Heritage Books, Inc, 2007. Print. On Google Book. Pg. 367-368.
Hi Chris,

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

posted by Dave Jenkins