Last name origins & meanings:
- Dutch: Americanized spelling of Goewie, for which
Debrabandere offers various explanations, including the following:
- variant of Degouy, a habitational name for someone from any
of several minor places in northern France named Gouy.
- from the
personal name Gauvain, French form of a Celtic name found in
English as Gawain.
- from a Germanic personal name, a
compound of god, got ‘god’ + hari, heri
- The Goewey family were established in Beverwijck in New Netherland
(Albany, NY) in the 17th century. For example, the Dutch Reformed
Church registers show that Sara Goewey married Gerritt Sybrantse Van
Schayk on January 4, 1684/85.
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