Last name: Gooch

Recorded in several spellings including Gough, Gouge, Gouch and Gooch, this interesting surname is medieval English. It has two possible origins, both ultimately Gaelic or Celtic. Firstly it may be an occupational name deriving from the pre 7th century Ancient Gaelic word "gobha", or the Cornish-Breton word "goff", both meaning worker in iron. As Gooch and sometimes Gouch, it is claimed to be widespread in the region of England known as East Anglia, the name there being was introduced from Brittany by followers of Duke William of Normandy, at or after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Secondly it may derive from another Gaelic or Celtic word "coch", meaning red. This was much used in pre medieval Wales and also England, as a nickname for a person with red hair or ruddly complexion. It may also have been an ethnic name of abuse for the Anglo-Saxon invaders of the 5th century, who settled in England in the 6th century, and gradually pushed many Olde English into Wales, Cornwall, and Brittany, in France. The surname is one of the earliest recorded with examples from early records and charters including Felicia Goch in the rolls known as the "Calendar of Inquisitones post mortem", in Gloucestershire in 1305, the Subsidy Rolls of Essex in 1327 mention a John Guch and William Gugge, and the court rolls of the borough of Colchester list John Gooch in 1374. Thomas Gouge (1609-1681) a notable namebearer, was educated at Eton and Kings College Cambridge and provided work for the poor in flax and hemp-spinning. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Goch. This was dated 1203, in the registers known as the "Pleas before the King or his Justices (1198 -1202) for the county of Shropshire. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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jenna gooch

i which knew what my original rece is

jannette barna
my great grandmother name was rose gooch

Luke Gooch
I just wish this info were more widely known to combat what Johnny Knoxville and the other Jackasses have done to it.

audrey gooch
very interesting good to know

Mark Gooch
Interesting but light on a line of reasoning...I find it hard to follow that in 1374 you found a "Gooch" and then without explanation it is changed to Gouge in the 1600's. I've also read it is a Band name for hors thieves in Scotland... As my father told me it was a direvitive of Gouche at on point... My Grandmother was a spirited Red Head, so I lean to believing the Celtic line of thought. I was also told that for more generations that he knew the first born son was always named Robert so the origin of Robert Goch also makes sense... any other family stories? Mark Gooch

Keith Briggs
This is all completely wrong. Several unrelated names have been mixed up. See http://nq.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2010/09/21/notesj.gjq142 for the correct explanation of Gooch.

Mike
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