Golden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The earliest origins of the name Golden date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the son of Goldwin. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Golden family

The surname Golden was first found in Oxfordshire 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.

Important Dates for the Golden family

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Golden 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 Golden include Golden, Goldin, Goulden, Gouldin, Goulton and many more.

Early Notables of the Golden family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Golden family to Ireland

Some of the Golden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Golden 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 Golden or a variant listed above:

Golden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Golden, who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Mathew Golden, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [1]
  • Nicholas Golden, who arrived in Maryland in 1664 [1]
  • Gabriel Golden, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [1]
  • William Golden, who landed in Maryland in 1684 [1]
Golden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anthony Golden, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [1]
  • Nathaniel Golden, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
Golden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Golden, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Peter Golden, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [1]
  • Thomas Golden, who settled in New York in 1820
  • Charles Golden, who settled in Philadelphia in 1839
  • Hannah, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and William Golden, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Golden migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Golden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Golden, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Thomas Golden, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
Golden Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Golden, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • James Golden, aged 24, who landed in Canada in 1812

Golden migration to Australia

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

Golden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Golden, aged 30, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"

Golden 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:

Golden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Golden, who landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • Mr. Richard Golden, (b. 1863), aged Infant, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [2]
  • Mrs. Ellen Golden, (b. 1831), aged 32, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [2]
  • Mr. James Golden, (b. 1831), aged 32, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [2]
  • Mr. John Golden, (b. 1856), aged 7, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Golden (post 1700)

  • Rolland Harve Golden (1931-2019), American visual artist known mainly for his realism
  • William Lee Golden (b. 1939), American country music singer, best known as the baritone singer in the country music group The Oak Ridge Boys
  • Michael Henry Golden (1851-1929), American Major League Baseball player
  • William Nelson "Pop" Golden (1868-1949), American football and baseball coach
  • Martin J. Golden, American politician Member of the New York State Senate from the 22nd district (2003-)
  • James Stephen Golden (1891-1971), American politician, U.S. Representative, Kentucky 8th District (1949 to 1955)
  • Harry Lewis Golden (1902-1981), born Herschel Goldhirsch, an American Jewish writer and newspaper publisher
  • Christopher Golden (b. 1967), American author of horror, fantasy, and suspense novels
  • Alfred James "Al" Golden (b. 1969), American head football coach at the University of Miami
  • Arthur Golden (b. 1956), American writer, best known for his bestselling novel Memoirs of a Geisha (1997)
  • ... (Another 61 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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