Show ContentsGoldsborough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Goldsborough is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a goldsmith, or jeweller refiner or gilder. The surname Goldsborough was also a nickname for someone with bright yellow hair which referred to gold.

Early Origins of the Goldsborough family

The surname Goldsborough 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 Goldsborough family

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Goldsborough Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Goldsborough has appeared include Goldesborough, Goldsbrough, Goldisbrough, Goldsborough and many more.

Early Notables of the Goldsborough 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...
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United States Goldsborough migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Goldsborough arrived in North America very early:

Goldsborough Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Goldsborough, who arrived in Maryland in 1670 [3]
  • Robert Goldsborough, who landed in Maryland in 1677 [3]
  • Judith Goldsborough, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [3]
Goldsborough Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Goldsborough, who settled in Maryland in 1774

Australia Goldsborough migration to Australia +

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

Goldsborough Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

West Indies Goldsborough migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [5]
Goldsborough Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Goldsborough who settled in Jamaica in 1686

Contemporary Notables of the name Goldsborough (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Alan Goldsborough (1877-1951), American jurist and politician
  • W. Elwell Goldsborough, American politician, U.S. Consul in Amoy, 1884 [6]
  • Thomas Alan Goldsborough (1877-1951), American Democratic Party politician, Caroline County State's Attorney, 1904-08; U.S. Representative from Maryland 1st District, 1921-39; Judge of U.S. District Court, 1939-41 [6]
  • Robert Henry Goldsborough (1779-1836), American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates, 1804, 1825; U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1813-19, 1835-36 [6]
  • Robert Goldsborough (1733-1788), American politician, Delegate to Continental Congress from Maryland, 1774-76; Member of Maryland State Senate, 1777-83 [6]
  • Phillips Lee Goldsborough (1865-1946), American Republican politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for Maryland, 1909; Governor of Maryland, 1912-16; U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1929-35 [6]
  • James N. Goldsborough, American politician, Delegate to Whig National Convention from Maryland, 1839 [6]
  • Hugh A. Goldsborough, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 1864 [6]
  • Henry Goldsborough, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Mansfield, 1902 [6]
  • H. H. Goldsborough, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Mansfield, 1910 [6]
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  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. 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)
  4. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook