Gokhale is an Indiansurname typically found in the western state of Maharashtra. It is a Hindu surname found among the caste of Chitpavan kokanastha Brahmins,The term Konkanastha means "from the Konkan", referring to the coastal Konkan region of Maharashtra. The origin of the Gokhale clan supposedly was in the small coastal town of Velneshwar (10km from Guhagar, 50km from Chiplun) in Konkan.
The etymology of the word is accepted to be from Marathigokhla, meaning "round window", originally from Sanskritgavākşa. (Gavākşa can be rendered: go "cow" + akşa "eye"), literally "cow-eye", but also used as a synonym for a window.