The names Forkin and Forkan in Ireland are derived from the native Gaelic O'Gabhlain Sept that is taken from a word that translates as 'fork'. Descendants bearing these names can be found mostly in Counties Galway and Mayo. Goulding was sometimes used as the anglicized version of this Sept name.

Origen: Normando. The generations and branches of the Forkin family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Forkin comes from the Old English personal name which means son of Goldwin, which literally means friend of gold. First found in Essex where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Variantes: Forkin, Forkan, Goulding, Golding y otros.