The surname Goldfinch was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1260 when William Goldfing was recorded as a taxpayer in that shire.
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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:
Goldfinch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Robert Lynch Goldfinch, who landed in Wairarapa, New Zealand in 1840
Mr. William Goldfinch, (b. 1849), aged 30, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1879 
Mrs. Emma Goldfinch, (b. 1855), aged 24, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1879 
Mr. Robert H. Goldfinch, (b. 1875), aged 4, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1879 
Stephen Goldfinch Jr., American politician, Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
Flight lieutenant Bill Goldfinch (1916-2007), English Royal Air Force pilot who co-built a glider in an attic of Colditz Castle, one of the most audacious of escape attempts from the famous World War II prison camp
Sir Philip Henry Macarthur Goldfinch KBE (1884-1943), English-born, Australian politician, Member for Gordon NSW (1935-1937)
Murray Goldfinch (b. 1984), Australian bronze medalist Paralympic athletics competitor at the 2000 Paralympic Games
^ 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)