Goldstone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Goldstone family

The surname Goldstone was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where there are two listings of the family: Goldstan in Kent, and Goilstan in Essex. [1]

These two counties figured prominently for the family. Wulfric filius Goldston was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Kent in 1180, Richard Golstan was a Knights Templar in Essex in 1185, and John de Goldeston was in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1312.

The Assize Rolls for Bedfordshire including a listing of Walter Goldstan in 1202 and later the Curia Regis Rolls had another listing of the same person in 1214. In Devon, Robert Goldstone was listed there in 1312. [2]

According to the voice of tradition, the family held Goldstone Manor at Ash, Kent but records of that manor have been lost.

Early History of the Goldstone family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goldstone research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1524, 1523, 1733, 1797, 1572, 1632, 1636, 1684, 1679, 1760, 1816, 1808, 1816 and 1812 are included under the topic Early Goldstone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goldstone Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gouldston, Goulston, Goldston, Goulston, Goulson, Gouldson, Goldson, Golstone, Gouldstone, Gulston, Guldston, Gulson, Gulderson, Goolston and many more.

Early Notables of the Goldstone family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Theodore Goulston or Gulston (1572-1632), English physician, son of William Goulston, rector of Wymondham, Leicestershire. William Gulston (1636-1684), was an English clergyman, Bishop of Bristol from 1679; and...
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goldstone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Goldstone migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goldstone Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Goldstone, who landed in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1638 [3]
  • Rich Goldstone, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [3]
Goldstone Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lowis Goldstone, who landed in New York in 1845 [3]
  • Hyman Goldstone, who arrived in Texas in 1893 [3]

New Zealand Goldstone 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:

Goldstone Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Goldstone, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • Mr. John Goldstone, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th August 1859 [4]
  • William Goldstone, aged 39, a soldier, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Ellen Goldstone, aged 28, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Louisa Goldstone, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Goldstone (post 1700) +

  • Jack A. Goldstone, American political scientist and sociologist
  • James Goldstone (1931-1999), American film director
  • George Goldstone, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1948 [5]
  • Jeffrey Goldstone (b. 1933), British theoretical physicist, faculty at MIT Center for Theoretical Physics
  • Richard J. Goldstone (b. 1938), South African judge and international war crimes prosecutor


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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