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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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

The origins of the name Goulding are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the Old English personal name which means son of Goldwin, which literally means friend of gold.


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Goulding family name include Goulding, Golding and others.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goulding research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the year 1333 is included under the topic Early Goulding History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 45 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goulding Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Goulding family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Goulding surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Goulding Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • George Goulding settled in Virginia in 1607 12 years before the "Mayflower"
  • Thomas and William Goulding settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Goulding, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Wm Goulding, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Jane and Mary Goulding settled in Virginia in 1650

Goulding Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Goulding, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • Robert Goulding, who landed in Virginia in 1723


  • Alfred John "Alf" Goulding (1896-1972), Australian-born American film director and screenwriter
  • Raymond Walter Goulding (1922-1990), American comedian, who, together with Bob Elliott formed the comedy duo of Bob and Ray
  • Bobbie Goulding (b. 1972), English rugby league football coach and former player
  • Darrell Goulding (b. 1988), English rugby league player
  • Elena Jane "Ellie" Goulding (b. 1986), English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • Grantley Goulding (b. 1874), English silver Olympic medalist for 110m Hurdles during the 1896 games
  • Sir Marrack Goulding KCMG (1936-2010), British diplomat who served more than eleven years as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Aaron Goulding (b. 1982), Australian footballer
  • Cathal Goulding (1923-1998), Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army
  • Warren Goulding (b. 1950), Canadian journalist and author


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