The name ‘Goff’ originates from England, of Celtic origin. It is variant of the name ‘Gough’, derived from the occupational name for a smith, from the Gaelic word ‘gobha’, and the Breton word ‘goff’, meaning corn. The surname is common in East Anglia, where it is probably of Breton origin, introduced to England by followers of ‘William the Conqueror’. In Welsh it is a nickname for a red-haired person, from the Welsh word ‘coch’ meaning red. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Goff’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘Roger Goffe’, from the county of Cambridgeshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the founders of this family in America was a certain ‘John Goff’, from Wiltshire, England. He emigrated with his parents at the age of four to North America in 1772, settling in Virginia. He died at crab …
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