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

The distinguished surname Goldman emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin, which became very frequent in England during the 14th century. The surname Goldman is derived from the Old English personal names Golda or Golde, which were supplemented by the augmentative suffix -man. Goldmann is first recorded on an Essex coin dating from around the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Goldman, Golman and others.

First found in Fife where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goldman research. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) covering the year 1620 is included under the topic Early Goldman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Goldman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Goldman:

Goldman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Conrad Goldman, who landed in New York, NY in 1710-1714
  • John Goldman arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743

Goldman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Eliz Goldman, aged 26, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Elizabeth and Sophia Goldman arrived in Philadelphia in 1804
  • John Jost Goldman, aged 26, landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Sophia Goldman, aged 56, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • S Goldman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


Goldman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Sam Hendri Goldman, who landed in Alabama in 1922

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  • Albert Harry Goldman (1927-1994), American professor and author, best known for his bestselling book on Lenny Bruce
  • Albert Goldman (1897-1960), Belorussian-born American political and civil rights lawyer
  • Alvin Ira Goldman (b. 1938), American professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University in New Jersey
  • Robert "Bobby" Goldman (1938-1999), American bridge player, teacher and writer, inducted into the ACBL Hall of Fame in 1999
  • Charley Goldman (1887-1968), Polish-born, American boxing trainer who trained five world champions, perhaps best known was the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world, Rocky Marciano
  • Craig A. Goldman (b. 1968), American real estate businessman and politician, Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives (2013-)
  • Jeffrey Adam "Duff" Goldman (b. 1974), American pastry chef and television personality
  • Edward Alphonso Goldman (1873-1946), born Edward Alphonso Goltman, an American zoologist
  • Edwin Franko Goldman (1878-1956), American band composer who composed over 150 works, best known for his marches
  • Francisco Goldman (b. 1954), American novelist, journalist, and Allen K. Smith Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, Trinity College,Hartford, Connecticut

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  • Genealogy of the Goldman, Levy, Wertheim, Kaufman, Fleishman, Haas, Koshland, Stern, Strauss, Meyer, and Newmark Families by Douglas Edward Goldman.
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The Goldman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goldman 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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