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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • French : from the Old French word goi (Latin gubia) denoting a type of bill hook or knife used by vine-growers or coopers, hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a maker or user of such implements.
  • English (of Norman origin) : habitational name from any of various places in France named Gouy, for example in Aisne or Pas-de-Calais.
  • Galician : probably a habitational name from Goy in Lugo province, Galicia.
  • German : northwestern variant of Gau.

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