Gold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The generations and branches of the Gold family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Gold comes 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 Gold family

The surname Gold 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 Gold family

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Gold Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Gold include Gould, Goold, Gold, Gilder and others.

Early Notables of the Gold 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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Ireland Migration of the Gold family to Ireland

Some of the Gold 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 Gold migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gold or a variant listed above:

Gold Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Eliz Gold, aged 17, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • Jarvice Gold, aged 30, who landed in New England in 1635 [6]
  • Nathan Gold, who arrived in Connecticut in 1643 [6]
  • Richard Gold, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [6]
  • Margaret Gold, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gold Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Gold, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [6]
  • Lorentz Gold, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [6]
  • Lorenz Gold, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738
  • George Gold, who landed in New York, NY in 1749 [6]
  • Peter Gold, who landed in South Carolina in 1755 [6]
Gold Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Conrad Gold, who settled in Philadelphia in 1808
  • William G Gold, aged 20, who arrived in Maine in 1812 [6]
  • I. Gold, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1820
  • Abraham Gold, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1845 [6]
  • Moses L Gold, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1849 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gold Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Wolf Gold, who arrived in Mississippi in 1901 [6]

Canada Gold migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gold Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Geo Gold, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • Henry Gold, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • William Gold, who landed in Canada in 1836

Australia Gold migration to Australia +

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

Gold Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Gold, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]

New Zealand Gold 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:

Gold Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Gold, (b. 1824), aged 29, British carpenter travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Maori" arriving at Nelson, New Zealand on 8th June 1853 [8]
  • Mrs. Ann Gold, (b. 1823), aged 30, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Maori" arriving at Nelson, New Zealand on 8th June 1853 [8]
  • Miss Mary Ann Gold, (b. 1850), aged 3, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Maori" arriving at Nelson, New Zealand on 8th June 1853 [8]
  • Mr. Thomas Gold, (b. 1851), aged 2, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Maori" arriving at Nelson, New Zealand on 8th June 1853 [8]
  • C. Gold, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Nourmahal" arriving in Dunedin, Otaga, South Island, New Zealand on 5th May 1858 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gold (post 1700) +

  • William "Bill" Gold (1921-2018), American graphic designer best known for thousands of film poster designs including Casablanca, A Clockwork Orange, Yankee Doodle Dandy and many more
  • Jonathan Gold, American food critic awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism
  • Nathan Gold (1663-1723), American colonial leader and deputy governor
  • Mike Gold (1893-1967), American literary critic
  • Jamie Gold (b. 1969), winner of the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event
  • Ernest Gold (1921-1999), American composer, recipient of an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy awards
  • Andrew Gold (b. 1951), American singer and songwriter
  • Bruce Gold, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1996 [10]
  • Bertha Gold, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996 [10]
  • Benjamin Gold, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 23rd District, 1928; Candidate for New York State Assembly, 1930 (Bronx County 4th District), 1931 (Bronx County 3rd District), 1934 (Bronx County 7th District), 1936 (Bronx County 7th District); Candidate for [10]
  • ... (Another 36 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Katherine Gold, (née Cook), aged 42, English Stewardess from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 11 [11]


  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)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  8. ^ Genies' Jottings Various Ships Lists Maori (Retrieved 26th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.ozlists.com/genies/shipping/news_nz/nz_maori.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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