Goldsmith History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Goldsmith is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a goldsmith, jeweler. The name denoted "one who made or sold gold articles, a jeweler, later a banker." [1] Early records may show the name in the Latin-French version "Aurifaber." [2]

Early French revealed "Geoffry, Roger, William, Nicholas. Gerard Aurifaber (Goldsmith) of Normandy 1180-95, three more in 1198 in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae. [3]

"The great value of the commodity in which the medieval goldsmith dealt rendered him a person of consequence. No less than three tenants-in-chief under the Conqueror arc entered in Domesday under the name of Aurifaber. One of these, Otto Aurifaber, held in Essex, and his descendants, under the surname of Fitz-Otho, appear to have been hereditary mint-masters to the crown for two centuries, becoming extinct in 1282. Kelham. The equivalent French Orfevre, and the German Goldschmid, are well-known surnames." [4]

Early Origins of the Goldsmith family

The surname Goldsmith was first found in Norfolk where Roger Goldsmiz was listed in 1250. Thomas Goldsmith was listed in the Assize Rolls for Essex in 1255 and later John le Goldesmethe was listed in Devon in 1309. [5]

The Hundredorum Rolls recorded the name in the Latin form: Geoffrey Aurifaber, Salop (Shropshire); and Walter Aurifaber, Oxfordshire. [2]

Richard le Goldsmythe, was listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign) in Somerset. [6]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Thomas Goldsmyth, goldsmyth, of Wakefield; Johannes filius Gallridi, goldsmyth; Hugo Goldsmyth; and Agnes Goldsmvche. [2]

Further to the north in Scotland, the records were first in the Latin form and later changed to the more contemporary spellings. "William Aurifaber witnessed a gift of land to the Hospital of Soltre c. 1250-1266. Ewgenius (Ewen) Aurifaber was one of an inquest at Dumbarton in 1271, and Martin Aurifaber appears as burgess of Aberdeen in 1281. Walter Aurifaber, burgess of Roxburgh in 1285 is doubtless "Walter the goldsmith, burgess and alderman of Roxburgh," who rendered homage in 1296. Rogier le orfeure of Berwick, also rendered homage in 1296. John Goldsmith (aurifaber) was bailie of Edinburgh in 1342 and rendered to Exchequer the accounts of the city." [7] The two entries of "rendered homage" refers to them having "renerderd homage" to King Edward I during his attempt to conquer Scotland.

Early History of the Goldsmith family

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Goldsmith 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 Goldsmith has appeared include Goldsmith, Goldsmyth and others.

Early Notables of the Goldsmith family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Francis Goldsmith (1613-1655), English translator of Grotius, born on 25 March 1613, son and heir of Francis Goldsmith of St. Giles's-in-the-Fields, Middlesex, and grandson of Sir Francis Goldsmith of Crayford, Kent. "He became a gentleman-commoner of...
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Ireland Migration of the Goldsmith family to Ireland

Some of the Goldsmith family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Goldsmith 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 Goldsmith arrived in North America very early:

Goldsmith Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Arthur Goldsmith who purchased land and settled in Virginia in 1618
  • Arthure Goldsmith, who arrived in Virginia in 1618 [8]
  • Farford Goldsmith, aged 22, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [8]
  • Nicho Goldsmith, who arrived in Virginia in 1639 [8]
  • Richard Goldsmith, who arrived in Virginia in 1648 [8]
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Goldsmith Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L M Goldsmith, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806 [8]
  • Abm Goldsmith, aged 56, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [8]
  • Morris Goldsmith, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1812 [8]
  • Abraham Goldsmith, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813 [8]
  • Henry Goldsmith, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1821 [8]
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Canada Goldsmith migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goldsmith Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Goldsmith, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Henry Goldsmith U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Collector of Customs in St. Andrews [9]
  • Mr. Richard Goldsmith U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Cape Ann Association [9]
  • Mr. Thomas Goldsmith U.E. who settled in Marysburgh [Prince Edward County], Ontario c. 1784 [9]
  • Mr. Thomas Goldsmith U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [9]
Goldsmith Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Goldsmith, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1825 [10]
  • William Goldsmith, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • G. Goldsmith, aged 20, a gentleman, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breakwater" from Plymouth, England
  • John Goldsmith, aged 19, a gentleman, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breakwater" from Plymouth, England

Australia Goldsmith migration to Australia +

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

Goldsmith Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Goldsmith, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [11]
  • Harriet Goldsmith, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [11]
  • Amnon Goldsmith, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [11]
  • Thomas Goldsmith, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [11]
  • Obed Goldsmith, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [11]
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New Zealand Goldsmith 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:

Goldsmith Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Harriet E. Goldsmith, (b. 1859), aged 7, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 5th January 1867 [12]
  • Mr. Edwin J. Goldsmith, (b. 1857), aged 9, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 5th January 1867 [12]
  • Mr. Edwin Goldsmith, (b. 1832), aged 34, British cooper travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 5th January 1867 [12]
  • Mrs. Mary Ann Goldsmith, (b. 1829), aged 37, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 5th January 1867 [12]
  • Mr. James W. Goldsmith, (b. 1866), aged Infant, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 5th January 1867 [12]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Goldsmith (post 1700) +

  • Barbara Goldsmith (1931-2016), American author, journalist and philanthropist
  • Thomas Toliver Goldsmith Jr. (1910-2009), American television pioneer, co-inventor of the cathode ray tube
  • Bram Goldsmith (1923-2016), American real estate developer, banker and philanthropist, CEO and Chairman of City National Bank
  • Raymond W. Goldsmith (1904-1988), American economist
  • Jerrald King "Jerry" Goldsmith (1929-2004), American composer and conductor and one of the most nominated composers in the history of the Academy Awards
  • Kenneth Goldsmith (b. 1961), American poet
  • Lynn Goldsmith (b. 1948), American recording artist, film director and celebrity portrait photographer
  • Gordon A. Goldsmith, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Milford; Elected 1940 [13]
  • Fannie P. Goldsmith, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Branford; Elected 1930 [13]
  • Edward Goldsmith, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1888 [13]
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Flight 191
  • M Goldsmith, American passenger from Chatsworth, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [14]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Horace W Goldsmith (b. 1899), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Croydon, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [15]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Frank John Goldsmith (d. 1912), aged 33, English Third Class passenger from Strood, Kent who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mrs. Emily Alice Goldsmith, (née Brown), aged 31, English Third Class passenger from Strood, Kent who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible C [16]
  • Master Frank John William Goldsmith, aged 9, English Third Class passenger from Strood, Kent who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible C [16]
  • Mr. Nathan Goldsmith (d. 1912), aged 41, Russian Third Class passenger from Unknown who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [16]


Suggested Readings for the name Goldsmith +

  • 1790 The Goldsmiths of St. Mary's & Anne Arundel Counties, Maryland by Timothy Campbell Burke.

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  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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  6. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  7. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  10. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  14. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area
  15. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  16. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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