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

The name Gould is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the Old English word Gold. This term was often used as an endearment or show of affection.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Gould has undergone many spelling variations, including Gould, Goold, Gold, Gilder and others.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gould research. Another 267 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1193, 1312, 1500, 1593, 1676, 1659, 1676, 1619, 1675 and are included under the topic Early Gould History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 69 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gould Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Gould family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Gould were among those contributors:

Gould Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Nathaniell Gould, who settled in Virginia in 1620
  • Peter Gould, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Jarvice Gould, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Edward Gould, a pailmaker, who sailed on the "Elizabeth" in 1635 from London and landed in Boston
  • John Gould, who arrived at Charlestown Massachusetts in 1635

Gould Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Maria Gould, aged 78, arrived in Massachusetts in 1755
  • Elizabeth Gould, who arrived in America in 1766
  • James Gould, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1784
  • John Gould, who arrived in Baltimore in 1784 with his wife Ellen Drysdale and their two sons
  • Alexander Gould, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1784

Gould Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Jean Gould, who landed in New York in 1827
  • William Gould, who landed in New York in 1827
  • John Evans Gould, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Christopher Gould, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Oliver Gould, aged 30, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1849


  • Elliott Gould (b. 1938), American actor perhaps best known for playing Trapper John in Robert Altman's satirical 1970 film M*A*S*H
  • Gordon Gould (1920-2005), American physicist widely credited with the invention of the laser
  • Morton Gould (1913-1996), American composer, conductor, arranger, and pianist awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1995
  • George Jay Gould (1864-1923), American president of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and the Western Pacific Railroad
  • Chester Gould (1900-1985), U.S. cartoonist and the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip
  • Laurence McKinley Gould (1896-1995), American geologist, educator, and polar explorer
  • Sir Francis Carruthers Gould (1844-1925), British caricaturist and political cartoonist
  • James Nutcombe Gould (1849-1899), English stage actor, brother of Edward Blencowe Gould
  • Bob Gould (b. 1957), former NHL hockey player, two time Selke nominee
  • Glenn Herbert Gould (1932-1982), Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the twentieth century



  • The Gould Family and Allied Families: The Goulds and their 146 Great Grandparents by Helen Weaver Gould.


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  11. ...

The Gould Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gould 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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