When Monica Eleanor Goff was born on 1 February 1800, in Virginia, United States, her father, James Carrico Goff, was 37 and her mother, Elizabeth Howell, was 24. She married Richard McCan on 10 May 1821, in Lewis, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Columbia Township, Meigs, Ohio, United States in 1850. She died on 8 September 1856, in Meigs, Ohio, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Meigs, Ohio, United States.
English: if originally pronounced with a soft G-, this is from the Middle English personal name Goff(e), Joff(e), a short form of Geoffrey (see Jeffrey ).
English (of Cornish and Breton origin): occupational name from Cornish and Breton goff ‘smith’ (cognate with Gaelic gobha). The surname is common in East Anglia, where it is of Breton origin, introduced by followers of William the Conqueror.
Welsh and Cornish: nickname from a variant of Welsh or Cornish coch, goch ‘red(-haired)’; see Gough .