Show ContentsGoldsberry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Goldsberry comes from one of the family having worked as a goldsmith, or jeweller refiner or gilder. The surname Goldsberry was also a nickname for someone with bright yellow hair which referred to gold.

Early Origins of the Goldsberry family

The surname GoldsBerry 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. 1

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." 2 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 Goldsberry family

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Goldsberry Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Goldsberry have been found, including: Goldesborough, Goldsbrough, Goldisbrough, Goldsborough and many more.

Early Notables of the Goldsberry family

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...
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Goldsberry Ranking

In the United States, the name Goldsberry is the 6,864th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 3

United States GoldsBerry migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Goldsberry, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Goldsberry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Goldsberry, who landed in Maryland in 1666 4
Goldsberry Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Goldsberry, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States from Mohill, in 1904
  • John Goldsberry, aged 22, who settled in America from Dunncunny, in 1905
  • Dorothy Goldsberry, aged 4, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Sarah Ann Goldsberry, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Edna Goldsberry, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name GoldsBerry (post 1700) +

  • Jon Goldsberry (b. 1981), retired National Football League fullback
  • Gordon Frederick Goldsberry (1927-1996), American Major League Baseball player, scout and front-office executive
  • Renee Elise Goldsberry (b. 1971), American actress, singer and songwriter
  • Ralph C. Goldsberry, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Ensenada, 1920-27 5
  • Francis M. II Goldsberry, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, 1981 5

USS Arizona
  • Mr. William J. Goldsberry, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking 6

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  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from
  6. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook