Gilder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gilder is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the Old English word Gold. This term was often used as an endearment or show of affection. [1]

"This surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Gold.' from the Anglo-Saxon word gold, metaphorically precious." [2]

Another source notes the name denotes a "descendant of Gold or Golda, Old English personal names derived from the metal." [3]

Early Origins of the Gilder family

The surname Gilder was first found in Suffolk where Hugo filius Goldce was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [4] "Golde and Goldus are personal names in the Domesday Book" [2]

Other early records include: Ralph filius Golde registered in the Pipe Rolls for Bedfordshire in 1193; Golde Bassat in the Hundredorum Rolls of Cheshire in 1279; Walter Golde in the Pipe Rolls for Devon in 1165; Ralph Golde in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1268; and John Gulde in Cornwall in 1297. [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls has the name listed as a forename and a surname: Adam Gold; Golda Imayn; and Golda Bassat, Cambridgeshire. [2]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls includes Willelmus Golde, 1370; and Ricardus Gold, 1379.

In Scotland, more often than not, the name is spelt Guild and variants of the same. It is generally thought that Goold (Gold) is a variant. [5] [3]

Here, the first record was of Alexander Gulde who rendered to Exchequer the accounts of the bailies of Stirling, 1421 and 1425. Thomas Gulde and William Gulid, 'husbandis,' were charter witnesses, 1481, and Henry Guld is mentioned in a Scone document of 1491. [5]

Early History of the Gilder family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilder research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1193, 1312, 1500, 1502, 1512, 1521, 1584, 1593, 1676, 1659, 1676, 1619, 1675, 1644, 1710, 1710, 1794, 1709, 1586, 1657, 1586, 1657, 1734, 1678 and are included under the topic Early Gilder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gilder Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Gilder include Gould, Goold, Gold, Gilder and others.

Early Notables of the Gilder family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include James Gould (1593-1676), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1659 and 1676; and Thomas Gould (ca. 1619-1675), the first pastor of the First Baptist Church of Boston in Boston, Massachusetts. Sir Henry Gould the Elder (1644-1710), was an English judge, son and heir of Andrew Gould of Winsham, Somersetshire. Sir Henry Gould the Younger (1710-1794), was an English judge, the fourth son of Davidge Gould of Sharpham...
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Gilder Ranking

In the United States, the name Gilder is the 10,076th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Gilder family to Ireland

Some of the Gilder family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 116 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Gilder migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Gilder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Gilder, who arrived in Maryland in 1812 [7]
  • James Gilder, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [7]

Australia Gilder migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gilder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Gilder, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Canton" on 20th September 1839, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]

New Zealand Gilder migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gilder Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • G. H. Gilder, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

West Indies Gilder migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [9]
Gilder Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Henrie Gilder, aged 18, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gilder (post 1700) +

  • George "Trey" Gilder III (b. 1985), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Richard Gilder Jr. (b. 1932), American co-founder of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
  • Robert Bryan "Bob" Gilder (b. 1950), American professional golfer who won six tournaments on the PGA Tour
  • Richard Watson Gilder (1844-1909), American poet and editor
  • William Henry Gilder (1812-1864), American Methodist clergyman, father of Jeannette Gilder, William Henry Gilder, Joseph Benson Gilder and Richard Watson Gilder
  • Jeannette Leonard Gilder (1849-1916), American pioneer for women in journalism
  • William Henry Gilder (1838-1900), American soldier, journalist, explorer and writer
  • Virginia Anne "Ginny" Gilder (b. 1958), former American competitive rower and Olympic silver medalist at the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • George Franklin Gilder (b. 1939), American investor, writer, economist and co-founder of the Discovery Institute
  • John S. Van Gilder (1825-1902), American politician, Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, 1870-72 [10]
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  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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  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from
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  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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