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

The Goswich surname is a habitational name, taken on from the place named Goswick in Northumberland. This place name is derived from the Old English words "go-s," meaning "goose," and "wi-c," meaning an "outlying farm."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gostwyck, Gostwick, Gostick, Gosticke, Gostidge, Gostige, Gostwitch, Goswick, Goswyck, Goswich and many more.

First found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, 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 13th century the family were first seated.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goswich research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1538, 1565, 1595, 1596, 1607, 1611, 1615, and 1668 are included under the topic Early Goswich History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 91 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goswich 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: Joseph Gostwick, who came to Maryland in 1677.

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  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Goswich Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goswich 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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