Following the Norman Conquest
in 1066, the name Goliver was first found in Britina. It was a name for a greedy person.
It derives from the Old French word goulafre,
which means glutton.
Early Origins of the Goliver family
The surname Goliver was first found in Suffolk
, where they held lands after the Norman Conquest
. Roger Gulafre, Lord of Mesnil Bernard, held property in St. Evroult, Normandy
Early History of the Goliver family
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Goliver Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Goliver are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Goliver include Gulliver, Gullever, Gullifer, Gulliford, Galliford, Galliver, Gilliver and many more.
Early Notables of the Goliver family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Goliver family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Goliver, or a variant listed above: Robert and Joan Gullever, who sailed to Virginia in 1620 or 1621; Thomas Gullifer sailed to Barbados in 1635; Anthony Gulliver sailed to Massachusetts in 1666.