Goldisbrough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient name of Goldisbrough finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a goldsmith, or jeweller refiner or gilder. The surname Goldisbrough was also a nickname for someone with bright yellow hair which referred to gold.
Early Origins of the Goldisbrough family
The surname Goldisbrough 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 Goldisbrough family
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Goldisbrough Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Goldisbrough family name include Goldesborough, Goldsbrough, Goldisbrough, Goldsborough and many more.
Early Notables of the Goldisbrough 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 Goldisbrough family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Goldisbrough surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Thomas Goldsborough who settled in Jamaica in 1686; John Goldsborough settled in Maryland in 1774.