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Where did the English Golledge family come from? What is the English Golledge family crest and coat of arms? When did the Golledge family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Golledge family history?

The present generation of the Golledge family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Coldridge, in Devon.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Golledge include Colledge, College, Collage, Gollege, Golledge, Callage, Calledge, Gollidge, Collige, Collidge and many more.

First found in Nottinghamshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Golledge research. Another 119 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1578, 1639, 1670, 1635 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Golledge History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Golledge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Golledge were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Golledge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Joane Golledge, who landed in Maryland in 1668

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  • Mr. Nelson Victor Golledge (d. 1941), British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking


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The Golledge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Golledge Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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