Goose History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Goose family

The surname Goose 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 Goose family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goose 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 Goose History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goose Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Goose 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 Goose Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Goose migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goose Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Frederick Goose U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [2]

New Zealand Goose 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:

Goose Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Goose, aged 39, a farm labourer, who arrived in Taranaki aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • Laurinda Goose, aged 38, who arrived in Taranaki aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • John Goose, aged 15, who arrived in Taranaki aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • William Goose, aged 3, who arrived in Taranaki aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • Mary Goose, aged 17, a nurse, who arrived in Taranaki aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878


The Goose 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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X


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