Last name: Gough

Recorded in several spellings including Gough, Goff, Goffe, Goth, Gouth, and unusual dialectals such as Coath and Couth, this interesting surname is usually English when recorded in England. It has two known origins. The first is occupational from the Cornish word and Breton word "goff" meaning a smith. This form may have been introduced into England by the followers of William the Conqueror after the Conquest of 1066. Job-descriptive surnames originally only became hereditary when a son, or possibly a grandson, followed his father into the same line of business. The second possible origin is Welsh from the ancient word "coch" meaning red. As such it was probably given as an ethnic nickname to an Anglo-Saxon, as many of these people had red hair or a red complexion. Sometimes the initial "g" was interchanged with "c", but this may be put down to poor reading and writing, as well as strong dialects. Early examples of recordings from church registers of the city of London include the marriage of Elizabeth Gough and Rychard Walker on February 1st 1549, at St. Michael's Bassishaw; and the christening of Elizabeth Coath, the daughter of Richard Coath, at Wandsworth, on December 3rd 1653. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Griffin Gogh. This was dated 1287, in the Assize Court Rolls of the county of Cheshire, during the reign of King Edward 1st. He was known to history as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Lorinda Springston
My paternal grandmother's maiden name was Gough. She insisted that the name was Welch, and that it meant, "red over swarthy". Many in her family did have either red hair, or reddish highlights in the sunlight.

Kevin Gough
My father and his father, his father, etc had strawberry blonde hair/orange facial hair. I have strong orange highlights in my hair in my brown in the sun and a strong brown/ orange facial hair. Anyone who didn't have orange hair had blonde hair. Runs with in the blood and name I guess.

Jennifer Gough-Dote
Does make sense to me as well. While my hair is brown, it has very strong red highlights with any sun! Of course so does my very pale skin lol !

Carl Gough
My Nan kept on saying to me that my familys name came from whalebut i didnt belive her but now looking at this i belive her my Uncle has ginger/red hair and most of us get red high lights in the sun SO does this mean that some where across the line were are all related ??

Chris Gough
Having researched the name Gough its was also from Celtic and had the meaning Horseman.

Ardell Gough
Funny reading the comments about red highlights. I have black hair but I can actually pluck out auburn red hairs from my head and my beard. My great aunt on the Gough side was a redhead.

Alex Gough
my dad worked in a steal meal

Elizabeth-Jane Gough

We'll reading about Gough was good and seeing what it meant! My hair has red tints in the sun and I have pale skin

Bret Gough

Makes sense I have dark brown hair but a reddish beard At least now I know

Brendan Gough

My Dad was Ronald Almeric Gough, unfortunately he passed away in a car accident when i was a few months old, and i never got to know him or anyone from that side of his family, so i never knew the "Gough" family. it’s kind of sad cause i don’t know any history of my own family. but this has helped a lot thanks

Grayson Gough

Hey guys i was wondering if you could post any extra info. on the Gough last name!

Jasper gough

Hey guys I'm a gough from Grimsby, Lincolnshire. be interested where in Britain my last name exists

Simon Gough
I'm welsh, and certainly have red hair when my beard grows, my father was from middlesborough and his father from Newcastle, and his father from port glasgow, i've always thought it a scottish name.

Darren Gough
I'm a Gough........And so's MY WIFE !!!

Kay gough
My husband gave me this name!! But he has jet black hair and beard and they have Cherokee ancestors.

My uncles are named Gough and we are all born and raised in Panama I'll be changing my current last name to become a gough.

Xavier Gough
Welsh, what do you know.

Paula Navarro
Mi grandmother's name was Luisa Perdigón Gough. Her mother was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Islas Canarias, España, as Joaquina Gough Izquierdo. Any cousins out there???

Assumpta dublin ireland
gough on my mothers side of family they were all black smiths all very black hair and sallow complexion going back 4 generations

Christian Matthew Gough
My Dad's family are Newfies from St. John's. Before this, I believe the family was from the Cork area. My Dad was born and raised in Brooklyn. My Irish grandfather was a Protestant, and from the South, surprisingly.

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