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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : occupational name for a keeper of goats, Middle English gotherde, from Old English gāt ‘goat’ + hierde ‘herdsman’, ‘keeper’.
  • German : from a personal name composed of the elements gōd ‘good’ or god, got ‘god’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.

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