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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.
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.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Golden research. Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1559 are included under the topic Early Golden History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Golden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Golden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Golden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Golden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Golden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Golden Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Golden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Golden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Golden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Golden Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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