Goldesborough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The saga of the name Goldesborough follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as a goldsmith, or jeweller refiner or gilder. The surname Goldesborough was also a nickname for someone with bright yellow hair which referred to gold.
Early Origins of the Goldesborough family
The surname Goldesborough was first found in Yorkshire at Goldsborough, a parish, in the Upper division of the wapentake of Claro, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Goldsborough Hall, built in the reign of James I., is the property of the Earl of Harewood. 
The parish dates back to at least the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was recorded as Godenesburg. By 1170, it was known as Godelesburc and literally meant "stronghold of a man called Godel."  Today this stately home has been fully restored to its finest glory. In the Church of St. Mary, there are memorials to Richard de Goldsburgh (d.1308) and his son (d.1333), both are effigies of an armoured knight.
Early History of the Goldesborough family
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Goldesborough Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Goldesborough were recorded, including Goldesborough, Goldsbrough, Goldisbrough, Goldsborough and many more.
Early Notables of the Goldesborough family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Goldsburgh, of Godmanchester, Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire in 1626.
Godfrey Goldsborough (1548-1604), was Bishop of Gloucester, born in 1548 in the town of Cambridge. On 28 Aug. 1598 he was elected bishop of Gloucester, and he was consecrated at Lambeth on 12 Nov. Before leaving London he made a will, dated 7 March 1691, wherein he described himself as 'of Bethnall Green, in the county of Middlesex, knight, being bound on a voyage to the East India beyond the seas in the shipp Berkly Castle'. Not long after his death his widow...
Migration of the Goldesborough family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Goldesborough family emigrate to North America: Thomas Goldsborough who settled in Jamaica in 1686; John Goldsborough settled in Maryland in 1774.