Goethe (also Göthe) is a German surname. It is best known for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832). It belongs to the group of surnames derived from given names, in this case given names in Got-, in most cases likely Gottfried (c.f. Götz). Variants of the surname include Göth, Goeth and Göthke, Götke.
The name is comparatively rare; the German phonebook (as of 2013) has 176 entries for Göthe and 168 entries for Goethe; 179 entries for Göth and 28 entries for Goeth; 11 entries for Götke and 2 entries for Göthke.
List of people with the surname
Members of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's family bearing the surname:
- his great-grandfather, Hans Christian Göthe (fl. 1650s), a blacksmith of Kannawurf, Thuringia, married Sibylla Werner
- his grandfather Friedrich Georg Göthe (6 September 1657 – 10 November 1730), lived in Lyon but in 1685 with the suspension of the Edict of Nantes was forced to move to Frankfurt.
- his parents, Johann Caspar Goethe (29 July 1710 – 25 May 1782) and Catharina Elisabeth Goethe, née Textor (19 February 1731 - 13 September 1808)
- his wife (m. 1806) and former mistress Christiane von Goethe née Vulpius
- their son August von Goethe (born out of wedlock 25 December 1789, died 28 October 1830), and his wife Ottilie von Goethe, née von Pogwisch (31 October 1796 – 26 October 1872).
Other people called Goethe, Göthe or Gothe:
- Johann Friedrich Eosander von Göthe (1669–1728) — German Late-Baroque architect
- Erik Gustaf Göthe (1779 – 1838) a Swedish sculptor
- Charles Goethe (1875–1966), American activist
- Bror Geijer Göthe (1892–1949), Swedish artist
- Odd Christian Gøthe (1919 - 2002) a Norwegian civil servant and politician
- Bror Geijer Göthe (1892 – 1949) a Swedish artist, a painter and textile artist
- Staffan Göthe (born 1944) a Swedish playwright, actor and director
- Jurgen Gothe (1944 - 2015) a Canadian radio host
- Dieter Göthe (fl. 1950s), East German slalom canoer
- Florian Gothe (born 1962) a retired German football defender
People called Goeth or Göth
- Amon Goeth (1908–1946), Austrian Nazi commandant of Kraków-Plaszow concentration camp
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