Gough (/ˈɡɒf/) is a surname. The surname probably derives from the Welsh coch (English: "red"),[1][better source needed] given as a nickname to someone with red hair or a red complexion or as a reduced form of the Irish McGough which itself is an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Eochadha, a patronymic from the personal name Eochaidh (variant Eachaidh), "horseman", both derivatives of Irish each "horse".[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Gough Surname Meaning". forebears.co.uk. Retrieved January 21, 2014.