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This is a surname of complicated ancestry. It has three possible origins, and at least three possible nationalities. However spelt it owes its ancestry to either the pre 7th century Olde English word 'gobha' or the Breton-Norman 'goff', both meaning a smith, or the Welsh and Olde British word 'coch, meaning red, and hence a nickname for a red haired man. It is recorded in many forms which are found in all parts of the British Isles, although in their individual spellings the numbers vary from quite popular as Gough, Gow or (Mc)Gowan, to rare or regional foms such as Goffin, Gowing and Going (East Anglia).

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