Gough (Goff)

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Goff is a surname with several distinct origins. It is the 946th most common family name in the United States.[1] When the surname originates from England it is derived from an occupational name from GermanCornish and Breton. The German Goff, meaning a godly person, a strong warrior, or a priest. The Breton goff, meaning “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 anickname 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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