The names Goff and Gough in Ireland are of Welsh origin having arrived with a family named 'Coch' meaning 'red' who settled in Counties Dublin and Waterford. It is in these Counties that the majority of descendants can still be found to this very day.
Origen: Galés. The name Goff is derived from the Welsh word "coch," which means "red." Goff was originally a nickname for a ruddy or red-complexioned person, which later became a hereditary surname. The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. The earliest explanation for the preponderance of spelling variations is that when Welsh surnames initially developed the vast majority of the population was illiterate. It was therefore up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. First found in Radnorshire, 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: Gough, Goff, Gof, Goffe y otros.