Show ContentsGoldwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Goldwell is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in Essex at Goldwell in Horndon on the Hill. The surname Goldwell is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Goldwell family

The surname Goldwell was first found in Essex where Nicholas Goldewell was listed as holding lands in 1478. [1]

James Goldwell (d. 1499), was Bishop of Norwich, "son of William and Avice Goldwell, born at Great Chart, Kent, on the manor which had belonged to his family since the days of Sir John Goldwell, a soldier in the reign of King John. During his long life Goldwell received constant preferment in the church, and was employed on political missions by Edward IV. He was admitted rector of St. John the Evangelist's, London, 20 May 1455, but resigned this living the same year on being transferred to Rivenhall, Essex. He died 15 February 1499. Thomas Goldwell, Bishop of St. Asaph, was his great-great-nephew." [2]

Early History of the Goldwell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goldwell research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1532, 1559, 1507, 1472 and 1499 are included under the topic Early Goldwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goldwell Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Goldwell family name include Goldwell, Gouldwell and others.

Early Notables of the Goldwell family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Goldwell (d. 1585), Bishop of St. Asaph, "a member of a family living long before his time at the manor of Goldwell in the parish of Great Chart in Kent, where he was probably born. His father's name seems to have been William Goldwell. His mother was still alive in 1532. He...
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United States Goldwell migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Goldwell surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Goldwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Goldwell, aged 17, who settled in Virginia in 1635 aboard the ship "Assurance"

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook