So still nobody knows the origin of this?
I have been able to locate a Romanian word, "gogonea", which apparently is a kind of pickle, from a Romanian language teacher residing in my town, HOWEVEWR:
- according to him there's no way the Romanian language would have ADDED the C there (which apparently is pronounced as a "ch" when followed by E and I) to have GogonCea as a result, since the tendency in the language is the exact opposite, to do away with any africates that appear in such positions in words
- he says that usually surnames in that language are either referring to profession, place of origin, or they are patronymic, not from obscure names for certain kinds of foods...
So apparently I've hit another dead end, since this seems like it's just another good ol' coincidence. :(
He also said the "-cea" ending could suggest a Slavic ending for a place of origin, but I haven't been able to locate any placename named Gogon, Gogo, Gogonc, Gogont, Gogonch, etc, anywhere except for some town in Thailand, which I'm pretty sure is not connected to this name. :p
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