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Where did the English Gosa family come from? What is the English Gosa family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gosa family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gosa family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gossage, Gostage, Gorstidge, Gorstice, Gorstage, Gostige, Gossidge, Gossadge, Gossedge and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1332 when John of Gossfordsich held estates just outside Liverpool, near Ormskirk.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gosa research. Another 247 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, and 1545 are included under the topic Early Gosa History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gosa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers who were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

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  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Gosa Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gosa Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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