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Goff Name Meaning

English: if originally pronounced with a soft G- this is from the Middle English personal name Goff(e) Joff(e) a short form of Geoffrey (see Jeffrey ). 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. Welsh and Cornish: nickname from a variant of Welsh or Cornish coch goch ‘red(-haired)’; see Gough . Irish (Wexford): shortened form of McGoff . In some cases possibly also Breton (mainly Finistère; mainly Le Goff): see Le Goff .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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 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 Canada 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
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Operator
  • Housekeeper
  • Student
  • Bookkeeper
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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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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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