The surname of GOTH is a French, German and Jewish name, originally derived from a personal name GOT, meaning 'one at peace, or blessed by God'. A good man. The name has numerous variant spellings which include GOT, GOTTE, GOSCHEN, GOTCHER, GOHDE, GOTZE, GOENS, GODENS and GODET, to name but a few.It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. A notable member of the name was George Joachim GOSCHEN, Ist Viscount (1831-1907) British Statesman, the son of a London merchant of German extraction. In 1863 he published 'The Theory of Foreign Exchanges' and became Liberal MP for the City of London, holding office as vice-president of the board of trade (1865) chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1866), president of the Poor-Law board (1868) and head of the Admiralty (1871-74). His brother Sir William Edward GOSCHEN (1847-1924) was British ambassador at Berlin (1908-14). Another notable member of the name was Robert Edward Lee GOTCHER, born 7th December, 1924. He was a Child Psychiatrist and his appointments included Chief of Psychiatry at the Children's Hospital, Louisville, 1958, and Consultant at the Mental Health Department, San Mateo, California from 1958. He resided at San Mateo, California, United States. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.
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