During my research I have come across names such as Rowland John y Gove and I have always
assumed that Gove was a place. However,
my trusty little Welsh dictionary tells me that "gof" means
"smith" and I guess the man with the anvil and the muscles would be an integral
part of and well looked up to in his community and this may have separated him from the
general throng ...so what I want to know is whether gof and gove might mean the same
thing. I am talking about the 1600's here! I am also keeping firmly in mind that to
differentiate men of the village who bore the same name, the Welsh called them "John
the Milk", "John the Plough" etc.
Bettye Kirkwood, Australia.