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About the study
The Goacher surname probably derives from a nickname. The Middle English 'chere' and Old Fench 'chier' may have given rise to the phrase 'gode chier' meaning 'one of good aspect, cheerful appearance'.
The name appears to have developed independently in at least five areas of the UK - Sussex, Shropshire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Hertfordshire.
From the index of the 1881 British Census produced by the Church of the Latter Day Saints, there were 856 Goachers in that census. There were 454 Goachers in the US 1880 census and 69 in the Canadian 1881 census. Goachers also emigrated to Australia and New Zealand in the 19th century.
According to an ONS database there were some 1,654 Goachers in the UK as of September 2002.
Distribution of the name
All the Goacher entries from the General Register Offices for England & Wales since 1837 have been recorded - some 12,000 entries. This data can be found on the Guild web site.
As part of my One-Name Study, I have also collected much other data from Parish Registers, Wills, Electoral Rolls and many other sources.