region = England, Ireland
related names = Gough, McGough
Goff is the 946th most common
family namein the United States. It is particularly prevalent among those of Welsh or Irish descent. Other variations of the surname include Goughand McGough. The English version of the name is an occupational name from Cornish and Breton "goff", meaning "smith" ( cognatewith Gaelic "gobha"). The surname is common in East Anglia, where it is of Breton origin.
Bruce Goff, architect
Jacques Le Goff, French historian
Jonathan Goff, American football player
Phil Goff, the current Minister of Defence of New Zealand
Robert Goff, Baron Goff of Chieveley
Robert Goff (football player), American football player
Stan Goff, author
* [http://names.mongabay.com/most_common_surnames.htm 1000 Most Common American Surnames]
* [http://www.magoo.com/hugh/origin2.html Origins of the Surname McGough]
* [http://www.one-name.org/profiles/gough.html The GOFF One-Name Study]
* [http://home.comcast.net/~philgoff/DNAresults.htm Goff DNA Study]
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