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The Anglo-Saxon name Goold comes from the Old English word Gold. This term was often used as an endearment or show of affection. [1]

"This surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Gold.' from the Anglo-Saxon word gold, metaphorically precious." [2]

Another source notes the name denotes a "descendant of Gold or Golda, Old English personal names derived from the metal." [3]

Early Origins of the Goold family

The surname Goold was first found in Suffolk where Hugo filius Goldce was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [4] "Golde and Goldus are personal names in the Domesday Book" [2]

Other early records include: Ralph filius Golde registered in the Pipe Rolls for Bedfordshire in 1193; Golde Bassat in the Hundredorum Rolls of Cheshire in 1279; Walter Golde in the Pipe Rolls for Devon in 1165; Ralph Golde in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1268; and John Gulde in Cornwall in 1297. [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls has the name listed as a forename and a surname: Adam Gold; Golda Imayn; and Golda Bassat, Cambridgeshire. [2]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls includes Willelmus Golde, 1370; and Ricardus Gold, 1379.

In Scotland, more often than not, the name is spelt Guild and variants of the same. It is generally thought that Goold (Gold) is a variant. [5] [3]

Here, the first record was of Alexander Gulde who rendered to Exchequer the accounts of the bailies of Stirling, 1421 and 1425. Thomas Gulde and William Gulid, 'husbandis,' were charter witnesses, 1481, and Henry Guld is mentioned in a Scone document of 1491. [5]

Early History of the Goold family

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Goold Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Goold has appeared include Gould, Goold, Gold, Gilder and others.

Early Notables of the Goold family

Notables of the family at this time include James Gould (1593-1676), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1659 and 1676; and Thomas Gould (ca. 1619-1675), the first pastor of the First Baptist Church of Boston in Boston, Massachusetts. Sir Henry Gould the Elder (1644-1710), was an English judge, son and heir of Andrew Gould of Winsham, Somersetshire. Sir Henry Gould the Younger (1710-1794), was an English judge, the fourth son of Davidge Gould of Sharpham...
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Ireland Migration of the Goold family to Ireland

Some of the Goold family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Goold migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Goold arrived in North America very early:

Goold Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edith Mary Goold, aged 3, who immigrated to the United States from Bath, in 1903
  • Ernest Crosbie Goold, aged 27, who landed in America from Melbourne, Australia, in 1910
  • Ernest Crosbie Goold, aged 28, who immigrated to America from Victoria, Australia, in 1911
  • Amy Goold, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Grace Goold, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Goold migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goold Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Eliza Goold, aged 39, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1919

Australia Goold migration to Australia +

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

Goold Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Goold, (Gooldritch), (b. 1792), aged 28, Irish coach builder who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years for felony, transported aboard the "Dorothy" on 5th May 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1823 [6]
  • William Goold, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • Pat. Goold, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" [8]

New Zealand Goold 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:

Goold Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Rose Ann Goold, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Miss Susanna Goold, (b. 1842), aged 27, British general servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th September 1869 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Goold (post 1700) +

  • Derrick Goold (b. 1975), American author and award-winning sportswriter
  • H. L. Goold, American politician, Member of University of Nebraska Board of Regents, 1896-1902 [10]
  • Gardner Goold, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Orleans County, 1845 [10]
  • Stephen Styles Goold (1817-1876), English-born, Australian politician, Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Mudgee (1874–1876), Mayor of Sydney in 1874
  • Sir James Stephen Goold (1848-1926), 4th Baronet of Old Court in the County of Cork, Irish peer
  • Sir Henry Valentine Goold (1803-1893), 3rd Baronet of Old Court in the County of Cork, Irish peer
  • Sir George Ignatius Goold (1903-1967), 6th Baronet of Old Court in the County of Cork, Irish peer
  • Sir George Patrick Goold (1878-1954), 5th Baronet of Old Court in the County of Cork, Irish peer
  • Sir George Goold (1778-1870), 2nd Baronet of Old Court in the County of Cork, Irish peer
  • Sir Francis Goold (d. 1818), 1st Baronet of Old Court in the County of Cork, Irish peer
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  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th July 2021). Retrieved from
  7. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from
  8. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved
  9. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  10. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from on Facebook