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Where did the English Golding family come from? What is the English Golding family crest and coat of arms? When did the Golding family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Golding family history?

The Golding surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the Old English personal name which means son of Goldwin, which literally means friend of gold.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Golding are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Golding include: Goulding, Golding and others.

First found in Essex 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Golding research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the year 1333 is included under the topic Early Golding History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 45 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Golding Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Golding family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Golding or a variant listed above:

Golding Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Wm Golding, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Thomas Golding, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Thomas Golding in Virginia in 1638
  • Dorothy Golding, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • William Golding, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1646


Golding Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hamlett Golding, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Charles Golding, who arrived in America in 1760-1763

Golding Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James F Golding, who landed in New York in 1838
  • Marcus Golding, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Sol Golding, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906
  • E Golding, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • W H Golding, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


Golding Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Thos Golding, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. John Golding U.E. ((b. 1740) born in North Castle, Westchester County, New York, USA from Northcastle, Westchester County, New York, USA who settled in Hampstead, Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he arrived aboard the ship "Montague", he died in 1821 was married to Anna "Annie" Merritt having 9 children
  • Major. Stephen Golding U.E. who settled in Hampstead, Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was a Major in Provincial Militia
  • Mr. Thomas John Golding U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Zenus Golding U.E. who settled in French Villiage, Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784

Golding Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Patrick Golding, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway

Golding Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Caroline Golding, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • James Golding arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849
  • William Golding, aged 26, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851
  • Elizabeth Golding, aged 20, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851
  • William Golding, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana"


Golding Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • W. Golding arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Harkaway" in 1858
  • Eliza Ann Golding, aged 48, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Henry Golding, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • William Golding, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glenlora" in 1873
  • Jesse Golding, aged 37, a sawyer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874


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  • Lois Patricia "Peaches" Golding (b. 1953), American-born, High Sheriff of Bristol
  • William Hughson Golding (1845-1916), American founder of Golding & Company, an American type foundry
  • Sir William Golding (1912-1993), English author of "Lord of the Flies" and "Rights of Passage", winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983
  • Jon Golding (b. 1982), English rugby union player
  • Julian Golding (b. 1975), English two-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist sprinter
  • Philip Keith Golding (b. 1962), English golfer
  • Brigadier Harry Golding (1889-1969), British Chief Paymaster, Defendepartment, Government of India (1942)
  • Orette Bruce Golding MP (b. 1947), Prime Minister of Jamaica (2007 to 2011)
  • John Golding (1931-1999), British politician and trade union leader
  • Leroy Golding (b. 1950), Jamaican-born, British actor

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The Golding Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Golding 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.

This page was last modified on 8 April 2015 at 09:04.

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