Gooch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gooch family

The surname Gooch was first found in Roxburghshire. One of the first records of the name was found in France alluding to its Norman heritage: Martin Gouge (c. 1360-1444), a French chancellor.

However, some of the family were found further south at Billesley in Warwickshire in early times. "The estate was afterwards possessed by Bishop Sherlock, through whose sister, who married Sir Thomas Gooch (1674-1754), Bishop of Ely, it passed into the Gooch family." [1]

Early History of the Gooch family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gooch research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1614, 1746, 1540, 1594, 1575, 1653, 1643, 1681, 1751, 1727, 1749, 1730, 1674, 1754, 1540, 1594, 1578, 1653, 1575, 1578, 1630, 1705, 1609, 1681, 1609, 1665 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Gooch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gooch Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Googh, Gouche, Gowk, Googe, Gooch, Gooche and others.

Early Notables of the Gooch family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir John Gooch of Suffolk; Barnabe Googe (1540-1594), an English poet and translator; William Gouge (1575-1653), an English clergyman and author, minister and preacher at St Ann Blackfriars, member of the Westminster Assembly from 1643; Sir William Gooch (1681-1751), 1st Baronet, born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Governor of Virginia (1727-1749) responsible for the passage of the Tobacco Inspection Act of 1730, eponym of Goochland County, Virginia; Sir Thomas Gooch, 2nd Baronet (1674-1754), an English bishop, brother to Sir William. Barnabe Googe (1540-1594), was an English poet, son of Robert Googe, recorder of...
Another 115 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gooch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Gooch migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gooch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mathew Gooch, aged 22, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Oplier Gooch, who landed in Virginia in 1651 [2]
  • Xtopr Gooch, who landed in Virginia in 1651 [2]
  • John Gooch, who arrived in New England in 1652 [2]
  • Xpher Gooch, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gooch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jane Gooch, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [2]
Gooch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J S Gooch, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Canada Gooch migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gooch Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • F Gooch, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Gooch migration to Australia +

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

Gooch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Lonsdale Gooch, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Mr. William Gooch, British convict who was convicted in Norwich, Norfolk, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Edward Gooch, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tory" in 1851 [5]
  • Robert Gooch, aged 15, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Mary Green" [6]
  • Woolard Gooch, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "William Stuart" [7]

New Zealand Gooch 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:

Gooch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Gooch, aged 36, a carpenter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Jane Gooch, aged 31, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Thomas Gooch, aged 12, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Jane Gooch, aged 9, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Emily Gooch, aged 4, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gooch (post 1700) +

  • Frank Austen Gooch (1852-1929), American chemist and engineer, inventor of the Gooch crucible
  • Dag Luther Gooch (b. 1970), American filmmaker, writer, musician
  • Brad Gooch (b. 1952), American writer
  • Sir Daniel Gooch (1816-1889), English Baronet and mechanical engineer, third son of John Gooch (1783–1833) of Bedlington, Northumberland; he oversaw the first successful laying of communications cable across the Atlantic Ocean in 1866 [8]
  • Benjamin Gooch (b. 1775), English surgeon, probably the son of Benjamin Gooch (d. 1728), rector of Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk
  • Sir Henry Cubitt Gooch (1871-1959), British barrister, educationalist and Conservative politician, Chairman of the London County Council (1923–1924)
  • Sir Timothy Robert Sherlock Gooch (1934-2008), 13th Baronet
  • Brigadier Sir Arthur Brian Sherlock Heywood Gooch (b. 1937), 14th Baronet, aide-de-camp to Queen Elizabeth II
  • Sir John Sherlock Gooch (1930-1999), 12th Baronet
  • Sir Robert Eric Sherlock Gooch KCVO DSO (1903-1978), 11th Baronet
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Gooch Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Audaces juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the bold.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TORY 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Tory.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Monday 20 June 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARY GREEN 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marygreen1853.shtml.
  7. ^ South Australian Register Friday 15 July 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stuart 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstuart1853.shtml.
  8. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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