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This surname of GOCHENOUR is a Low German and Dutch habitation name from any of the various minor places which get their names from an ancient Germanic element GOCH, meaning marsh, bog, fen. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. The Dutch language is most closely related to Low German, and its surnames have been influenced both by German and French naming practices. The preposition 'van' is found especially with habitation names, and the 'de' mainly with nicknames. The name is also spelt GOCHENAUR, GOCHE and GOCH. A Mr Joseph H. GOCHNAUER owned one of the well-conducted farms in Lancaster County, Pennysylvania, located in East Hemfield township, between Petersburg and Landisville. He was the son of John and Rebecca GOCHNAUER, and born on April 6th 1844. On November 17th, 1872 he was married to Anna HOSTETTER and in 1873 he took charge of the farm. Three children were born to this union. This family were among the most highly esteemed residents of the township, and were connected with the Old Mennomite Church, of which Mr GOCHNAUER was a trustee. American surnames comprise of surnames found in every country throughout the world, many with differences in spelling not seen in the old country due to the inability of clerks and Government officials to record correctly the names given them by unschooled immigrants not familiar with the English, French, German, Portugese, Dutch or Spanish languages currently used in the Port of entry or the part of the country where they settled. When an immigrant arriving in America with little knowledge of English gave his name verbally to the officials, it was written down by them as they heard it, and being thereby 'official' it was often accepted by the immigrant himself as the correct American rendering of his name.

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