Goz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bavaria, Germany is the original homeland of the Goz family. Goz is a patronymic name, a type of surname that derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer. Goz was derived from the given name Gosse, from the German noun of the same spelling, which means God.

Early Origins of the Goz family

The surname Goz was first found in Bavaria, where since ancient times the Goss family made significant contributions to the advancement of the district's feudal society. Being prominent in social affairs, the family Goss was closely associated to the turbulent events of the period and therefore formed alliances with other distinguished families of the region.

Early History of the Goz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goz research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1752, 1811, and 1858 are included under the topic Early Goz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goz Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Goz include Goss, Gosse, Gos, Gose, Goes, Goess, Goz, Goss, Göss, Gosse and many more.

Early Notables of the Goz family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Goz family

Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Goz or a variant listed above: John Goss who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1631; Henry Goss arrived in Maryland in 1658; Margaret Grosse settled there in 1659; Johann Adam Goss arrived in Philadelphia in 1740.

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