Couldink History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Couldink is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the Old English personal name which means son of Goldwin, which literally means friend of gold. [1]

Early Origins of the Couldink family

The surname Couldink was first found in Essex where the family date back to the Domesday Book of 1086. At that time, it was listed as Goldinc. [2] Over two hundred years later, Golding Aldred was listed c. 1224. William, Richard Golding were both listed in the Assize Rolls for Lincolnshire in 1202 and later in the Curia Regis Rolls for Cheshire in 1210. William Gulding was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1327. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included listings for the name as a forename and surname: Golding Palmarius, Kent; Hilde Golden, Cambridgeshire; Nicholas Goldin, Oxfordshire; Thomas Goldine, Oxfordshire; and Hugo Golding, Suffolk.

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls included: Willelmus Goldyng; Robertus Goldyng, pelliparius; and Isabella Goldyng, Howdenshire. [4]

In Scotland "the rashness of a Scots soldier, Ralph Golding, at the bridge of Rokesburgh in 1333 led to Sir Andrew Moray of Bothwell, the Regent, being taken prisoner by the English." [5]

Early History of the Couldink family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Couldink research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1316, 1325, 1563, 1707, 1672, 1536, 1605, 1547, 1549, 1576, 1577, 1579, 1580, 1585, 1584 and 1595 are included under the topic Early Couldink History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Couldink Spelling Variations

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 Couldink has undergone many spelling variations, including Goulding, Golding and others.

Early Notables of the Couldink family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Arthur Golding (c.1536-c.1605), an English translator of more than 30 works from Latin into English, most famous for his translation of Caesar's Commentaries. He was younger son of John Golding, Esq., of Belchamp St. Paul and Halsted, Essex, by his second wife. His father was one of the auditors of the exchequer, and died 28 Nov. 1547. In 1549 he was in the service of Protector Somerset, who wrote, 5 Oct., requesting him to solicit the aid of the Earl of Oxford's servants in...
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Ireland Migration of the Couldink family to Ireland

Some of the Couldink family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Couldink family

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 Couldink were among those contributors: George Goulding settled in Virginia in 1607 12 years before the "Mayflower"; Jane and Mary Goulding settled in Virginia in 1650; Thomas, William Goulding settled in Virginia in 1623.



  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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