This interesting surname is either a locational name from a parish near Cardiff, which may have been named with a W word meaning "bowl", "depression", or, it may be an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Cogadhain, "son of Cogadhan", a diminutive from a reduced form of the personal name Cuchogaidh "Hound of War". The surname dates back to the late 13th Century, (see below). Further recordings include Hervens Goging (1273), "The Subsidy Rolls of Cambridgeshire". Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Coggan, Goghin, Coggin, Coggins, Gogan, Goggin, etc..One Henry Goghin married Faither Sutton on January 16th 1620 at St. Bartholomew the Less, London. William, son of William and Margaret Gogin, was christened at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, on February 17th 1694, and Nicholas, son of Frances and Nicholas Goggin was christened on May 16th 1756 at St. George in the East, Stepney. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Michael Goggyng, which was dated 1273, in the "Subsidy Rolls of Cambridgeshire", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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