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Goff Name Meaning

Welsh: nickname for a red-haired person (see Gough). English (of Cornish and Breton origin): occupational name from Cornish and Breton goff ‘smith’ (cognate with Gaelic gobha). The surname is common in East Anglia, where it is of Breton origin, introduced by followers of William the Conqueror. Irish: reduced form of McGoff.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Boff, Loff, Gaff, Off, Groff, Duff, Reff, Koff, Good, Hoff

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Where is the Goff family from?

You can see how Goff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Goff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Goff families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 127 Goff families living in Ontario. This was about 65% of all the recorded Goff's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Goff families in 1911.
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What did your Goff ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Goff. 48% of Goff men worked as a Farmer and 40% of Goff women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Goff were Machinist and Bookkeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    48%
  • Labourer
    8%
  • Carpenter
    6%
  • Machinist
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Operator
    40%
  • Housekeeper
    20%
  • Student
    20%
  • Bookkeeper
    20%
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Census Records

There are 174,000 census records available for the last name Goff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Goff census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Goff. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 33,000 military records available for the last name Goff. For the veterans among your Goff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Goff lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Goff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Goff in 1944 was 29, and 74 in 2004.

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