Goldney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Goldney family

The surname Goldney was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. 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 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Goldney family

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Goldney Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Goldney, Goldny, Goldnie, Goldnee, Goldknee, Goldkney, Coldney, Coldny, Gildney, Gildnee, Guildnie and many more.

Early Notables of the Goldney family (pre 1700)

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Australia Goldney migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Goldney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Goldney, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [1]
  • Frederick Goldney, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [2]
  • Henry Goldney, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [2]
  • William Goldney, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [2]

New Zealand Goldney migration to New Zealand +

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:

Goldney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Dr. Goldney, British settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Goldney (post 1700) +

  • Philip Goldney (1802-1857), British soldier, second son of Thomas Goldney, Esq., of Goldney House, Clifton, born in London 21 Nov. 1802 [4]
  • Major-General William Henry Goldney (1885-1972), British Director-General of Explosives, Ministry of Supply (1940-1945) [5]
  • Major-General Claude le Bas Goldney (1887-1978), British Aide-de-Camp to the King (1942-1944) [6]


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 5) William Goldney. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Goldney/William_Henry/Great_Britain.html
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 5) Claude Goldney. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Goldney/Claude_le_Bas/Great_Britain.html


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