Gofraid Méránach (d. 1095), grandson of Harold and king of Dublin, is almost certainly to be identified with Godred Crovan, king of Man. Not only are they contemporaries, but the personal names are equivalents and the sobriquets may both refer to the hand, méránach possibly deriving from mér (finger). As a grandson of Harold (Aralt in Irish sources), Gofraid was probably a great-grandson of Amlaíb (Óláfr) Cuarán (qv), king of Dublin; he may also have had connections with Hebridean nobility. As a young man, Gofraid fought for the Norwegian king Harold Hardrada at Stamford Bridge (1066); having settled in Man, he seized the kingship of the island in 1079, defeating the ruling party (which was probably supported by the Ua Briain kings of Munster) at the battle of Skyhill near Ramsey. Gofraid was doubtless aware of the troubles besetting the new Munster overking Muirchertach Ua Briain (qv) after his accession in 1086, as a result of which Dublin slipped from his control to that of the Uí Chennselaig dynast Donnchad, son of Domnall Remur (qv).
In 1091 Gofraid arrived in Dublin (with the support, it seems, of a Hebridean contingent) and took the kingship shortly after Muirchertach had managed to reassert his authority. There are indications that Gofraid exercised suzerainty over some of the north Leinster kingships adjacent to Dublin. Two years later, he joined the alliance of Domnall Ua Lochlainn (qv), king of the North, against Muirchertach Ua Briain. Gofraid's forces helped to defeat Muirchertach in an engagement in Co. Kildare, but the alliance soon broke up. In 1094 he was banished from Dublin by Muirchertach. He may also have been displaced from Man; certainly, it was in Islay that he died of the great plague the following year.
Disturbances followed Gofraid's death; the minority of his son Amlaíb prompted the nobles of Man to request a regent from Muirchertach Ua Briain; the latter sent his nephew, Domnall Ua Briain (qv) son of Tadc. After a six-year interlude during which the Ua Briain dynasty and Magnus king of Norway governed Man, the young Amlaíb son of Gofraid succeeded to the kingship and reigned for fifty years.